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Logan Couture Was Punched for Supporting GOP, Mentioning Donald Trump

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San Jose Sharks captain Logan Couture tweeted this morning that he was punched on Tuesday night in Toronto after publicly expressing support for the Republican Party and for mentioning Donald Trump.

Couture explained his position over a number of replies:

Couture did not report any injuries in the aftermath of the assault.

Many on Twitter, however, were quick to point out the apparent incongruity between Couture’s support in May of teammate Evander Kane’s push to eradicate racism in hockey and other spaces with today’s support of a political party headed by a man who is still actively using racist terminology like “China virus.”

Couture also responded to Tara Slone of Sportsnet for Liking this tweet:

I’ve reached out to the San Jose Sharks for official comment. More on this story as it develops.

UPDATE:

Couture tweeted this after this story’s original publication:

However, Couture declined further comment at this time:

It appears that Couture has deleted his tweet to Slone. He’s also apologized to her:

Couture has also released this statement:

He has also deleted his original tweet.

Shortly thereafter, the San Jose Sharks released their own statement: “The San Jose Sharks organization is aware of the incident that occurred on the evening of Aug. 25 in which Logan Couture was assaulted in Toronto. We are thankful that he was not seriously hurt and unequivocally denounce physical attacks or abuse on anyone under any circumstances.”

ADDENDUM:

The story isn’t about me, but I made a mistake with my original title, which stated, “Logan Couture Was Punched for Supporting Donald Trump, GOP”. Couture did clarify, as noted earlier in this story, that he doesn’t like Trump. While it can be inferred from his tweets this morning that he would vote for Trump even if he doesn’t like him — which is support — it’s not clearly stated, which is why I’ve revised the title of the story.

I had left the original tweet up as an admission of my mistake and because there was nuanced conversation going on in the replies, but since that tweet with the inaccurate title is still being shared, it’s probably best to just delete it. It is screen capped in the above link though. My apologies for the poor reporting in that title and thanks to those who pointed out my mistake.

 

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JAMES PATRICK REODICA

Thanks for clarifying the situation with the title change, Sheng. I don’t condone what happened to Logan at all. I don’t agree with his wanting to support the Republican Party at all, but violence is not the solution. Unfortunately, I think what we’re seeing are the effects of how easily triggered people can be… on both sides. It seems Logan wanted to express support for his father and by extension the police. And so he decides to support the GOP while knowingly (or not) supporting their numerous deleterious policies (e.g., promoting voter suppression, income inequality, white supremacy, etc. etc.). On… Read more »

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david barnard

especially nuance-like believing/expressing multiple opinions/views that aren’t necessarily incongruous with one another simply because they happen to fall somewhere on the political continuum between conservative and liberal. or that somehow that should be interpreted as meaning lack of support for a teammate.

nitetothemare

I can’t help but get the feeling that Couture is looking for a trade. Publicly airing out divisiveness is not befitting of a captain, let alone one in the Bay Area. He’s far too old to claim ignorance.

nitetothemare

I have no doubt the views are shared by the majority of hockey players; we hear firsthand from POC players. I’m not talking about divisiveness in the locker room. I am talking about divisiveness on non-hockey issues that fans are passionate about (life-or-death for sadly too many). True, a winning team gets a pass on a lot of garbage, but this isn’t a winning team. Captain Sulk put a victim’s spotlight on himself instead. And all this is to ALLEGEDLY have happened. Crazy how something like this, in the middle of Hockey’s Mecca, slipped under the radar until he tweeted… Read more »

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david barnard

crazy leftist cancel culture now rising to the level of physical violence/intimidation. advice to LC, pick a lane, standing in the middle of the road only gets you run over.

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david barnard

we’re back to McCarthyism, except from the left. it’s a crazy leftist thing NOW is what i meant. but yes, i agree it’s a morally bankrupt tactic no matter the source.

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Agent on UFA Gridlock, Gambrell & Kellman on Jumbo’s Departure

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The free agency gridlock is real — and according to an agent, there’s no end in the sight.

It’s not just the money being handed out, or lack thereof, it’s also the rush, or lack thereof, to sign guys.

To illustrate, 19 days into free agency, six of TSN’s final top-20 free agents are still on the board: Mike Hoffman, Erik Haula, Corey Perry, Mikael Granlund, Anthony Duclair, and Sami Vatanen.

Last summer, just two of TSN’s top-20 were available after 12 days of free agency: Ben Hutton and Jake Gardiner.

“The length of time until the season starts is probably affecting [this off-season’s free agents],” an agent told San Jose Hockey Now. “There’s not much rush right now since who knows when NHL camps even open?”

This is on top of revenue concerns that every organization is facing.

So the teams are in no rush to commit — and in some cases, the players aren’t either.

This particular agent agreed that players might see better offers once there’s more certainty with when the 2020-21 season will begin.

So while we know there are multiple teams in on the likes of Hoffman, Haula, and Conor Sheary, it might be a while yet before all these dominos fall.

No Conor Sheary Update

Speaking of Sheary, San Jose Hockey Now broke last week that the San Jose Sharks were talking to his camp.

BREAKING: Sharks Are Talking to Conor Sheary

At the moment, however, SJHN doesn’t have an additional Sheary update.

That’s no surprise. It is, after all, an unusually stagnant market.

Gambrell, Kellman on Thornton

A week and a half ago, when Joe Thornton left the San Jose Sharks for Toronto, San Jose Hockey Now reached out to a few Sharks to ask them about Jumbo’s departure.

Kevin Labanc was quick to reply; over the last week, a couple more Sharks have responded.

Dylan Gambrell texted: “Huge loss, big presence, and has been such a key piece for the Sharks for a very long time. Someone I looked up to very much and learned a ton from.

“I wish him nothing but the best and you can ask just about anyone how much he’ll be missed. With that said, it’s up to us as a team to step up and make up for that presence going forward and I know we have the guys in the locker room to do that.”

Gambrell, who the San Jose Sharks hope can step up to help fill Thornton’s void on the ice, has spent most of the last half-year in Denver. The 24-year-old forward plans to be in San Jose in about a week, to join the likes of Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl, and Labanc, who have been skating together.

Meanwhile, over 5,000 miles away, Joel Kellman won’t be back soon — he’s playing for Allsvenskan’s Kristianstads IK right now.

Kellman messaged SJHN about the San Jose Sharks legend: “I was so happy I got to play with him for a couple months! He was just a true professional, always working hard on and off the ice. That’s why he’s been good for so many years.”

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