Bur14Kes17 Posted November 27, 2016 Share Posted November 27, 2016 TORONTO – Toronto Marlies’ goaltender Garret Sparks has been suspended indefinitely by the Toronto Maple Leafs for violating team policy after directing violent and sexist language toward a user in an online group. Sparks did not dress for the Marlies on Friday or Saturday. “[Garret] was sent home for some team policy reasons when we were on the road trip there [in New York],” Keefe said after Saturday’s 4-1 win over the Utica Comets. “I’m familiar with the circumstances, but we’re not going to comment any further from there. Management handled the situation.” The Maple Leafs released a statement saying they were aware of the incident and that it had been addressed directly with Sparks. The suspension stems from an incident that came to light on November 22. According to users in a Facebook goalie group for which Sparks is an administrator, members of the forum were mocking a disabled person and Sparks came to that person’s defence by asking one of those in the forum where he lived and writing, “I want to go to open hockey with you, drag you out to center ice and beat you into a [expletive] pulp until you can’t run that [expletive] little mouth of yours. God, you sound like a 13-year-old girl.” When another member reprimanded Sparks for insulting women, he apologized and continued, “Girls don’t even whine as much as this guy does. Keefe said there is no timetable for the goalie’s return. His status will be reevaluated by the team in the next week. Sparks could not be reached for comment. The 23-year old native of Elmhurst, Illinois played 17 games for the Maple Leafs last season, posting a 6-9-1 record, 3.02 goals-against average and .893 save percentage. Slowed by an injury this season, Sparks has seen limited action, going 3-1-0 with a 2.02 goals-against average and .918 save percentage. To provide some context to exactly what went down here, I was a part of the Facebook group that Garrets Sparks was a moderator in. It's a pretty large group of hockey goalies mostly who are all great guys. A little while back this new fellow joined and it was obvious he had some developmental issues as he kept posting kinda odd pictures of himself wearing a pretty incomplete set of goalie gear. At first people thought he was doing it on purpose as a joke, but when it became abundantly clear he wasn't, this one guy just kept ragging on him and verbally abusing the poor kid online until eventually he left the group. Garret Sparks then tracked the kid down, bought him and entirely new set of ice hockey goalie gear himself, and convinced him to join the group again and learn how to be a hockey goalie. The kid posted a picture of himself in his new set of gear and then this went down. This screen shot was sent to a member of the media Scott Wheeler, his twitter tag is @scottcwheeler (feel free to show him some love) Wheeler knew the context and background story of the whole thing and still made the whole thing public to get his shot at fame. And now the Leafs have indefinitely suspended Garret Sparks indefinitely for standing up for someone even if he chose his words poorly. What is wrong with our society. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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