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OHL Ref. Suspended for Twitter Comments

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OHL referee suspended for insulting Sault Ste. Marie on Twitter

TORONTO — The Canadian Press

Wednesday, Jan. 30 2013, 2:42 PM EST

An Ontario Hockey League referee’s controversial Twitter post has cost him a lot more than the hostility of some hockey fans.

The OHL announced Wednesday that Joe Monette has been suspended for the balance of the 2012-13 season as well as the playoffs for his disparaging tweet about the city of Sault Ste Marie.

The comment started a backlash on Twitter and Monette later apologized, posting “My tweet last night was not meant to be offensive and was meant as a joke between myself and a buddy of mine that lives in the Soo. I apologize if I offended anybody”Monette was in Sault Ste. Marie on Friday to officiate a game between the Greyhounds and Windsor when he posted “Soo Saint Marie, two words, Slim Pickens #noteeth #hicktown #allfaties.”

His account @MONZY25 has since been closed to public access.

“Mr. Monette displayed extremely poor judgment and the ‘tweet’ not only contravened the league’s social networking policy, but as well was detrimental to the welfare of the league, the officiating staff and fans of the OHL,” OHL commissioner David Branch said in a statement. “The league apologizes to those that may have been offended by such comments.”

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If its an inside joke with one of your friends, text your friend. Don't broadcast it globally. Stupid.

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I hate when people can't take a joke.

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I hate when people can't take a joke.

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The man has a point, shoulda kept it to his friends though.

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The guy's not wrong, but his view of the Soo could affect his judgement on what's a penalty and what's not. Should have kept it between buds instead of doing it on Twitter.

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If its an inside joke with one of your friends, text your friend. Don't broadcast it globally. Stupid.

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All faties?

Is the population there deeply involved in matters of fate and/or freewill?

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Twitter is for morons. Typical.

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Twitter is a place to practice joke-telling. Most are lame. That's one of 'em. Move on?

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"EXTREE EXTREE, READ ALL ABOUT IT! REF SUSPENDED FOR MAKING PAINFULLY OBVIOUS COMMENT! ONLY PEOPLE LIVING OUTSIDE SAULT STE. MARIE OFFENDED AS LOCAL RESIDENTS CAN'T READ!"

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