Following a perfectly executed goal by Vancouver Canuck Daniel Sedin during last night's Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver game, Blackhawks hockey player Duncan Keith used his hockey stick to deliver a chop to Sedin's back. Sedin wasn't injured, no penalty was called and the Canucks still went on to win the game. You'd think that freebie would be an end to Keith's unsportsmanlike behavior, but no. It was brought back up again when Karen Thompson, a reporter from Team 1040 in Vancouver asked him about it in the postgame media scrum and Keith responded with mildly sexist condescension.
When it was Thompson's turn to ask a question, she asked Keith whether or not he felt that he deserved a penalty for his slash (audio below):
Thompson: Can you talk about what happened after the Daniel Sedin goal?
Keith: Which one was that one?
Thompson: The third goal.
Keith: The third one? Well, we scored one after that I think ...
Thompson: No, right after the goal. Right after he scored.
Keith: He scored. I went off the ice and took a minus. I don't know, what are you talking about?
Thompson: Just checking.
Keith: What did you see?
Thompson: Well, it looked like there was maybe a penalty that went undetected. You seemed a bit frustrated.
Keith: Oh no, I don't think there was anything. I think he scored a nice goal and that's what the refs are for. We should get you as a ref maybe, hey?
Thompson: Yeah, maybe. I can't skate, though.
Keith: First female referee. You probably can't play either, right?
Thompson: [Laughing] No.
Keith: But you're thinking the game like you know it? 'k, see ya!
Approximately 1 billion more offensively sexist things have probably been said as I started write this, but Keith's shitty attitude towards Thompson does demonstrate how easy it is for something like your gender to be perceived as a weakness when you're one of few of your kind in an industry. Thompson, from what other media outlets are reporting, was not the only person asking him questions about the game he was sore about losing, but she was the only woman and she was the one who got called out for not knowing the game well enough. (It seems like she knows it just fine, btw.)
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