Capitals renounce Brendan Leipsic after his “misogynist and reprehensible remarks” on social networks

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The Capitals, who deliberated on the decision at all levels of the organization, from property to staff to players, announced the decision on Friday. Leipsic is expected to cancel the unconditional waivers on Saturday, after which the Capitals will end contact.

Once the Capitals confirmed that the images of Leipsic’s words were authentic, the organization no longer wanted to be associated with him.

On Wednesday evening, shortly after the screenshots were posted to social media, the Capitals released a statement to the Washington Post, stating that the team was investigating the matter and would deal with it internally.

Leipsic apologized shortly after the Capitals’ remarks, with a statement posted on Twitter. Apologizing, Leipsic said that his friend’s Instagram account had been hacked and that an individual had posted images that “are representative of private conversations” of which he was a part.

“I fully recognize how inappropriate and offensive these comments are and I sincerely apologize to everyone for my actions,” wrote Leipsic. “I commit to becoming a better person by taking the time to determine how to move forward responsibly and meaningfully. I am really sorry.”

The NHL also released a statement Wednesday evening, saying the league would raise the issue with the Capitals and Leipsic: “The National Hockey League strongly condemns the misogynistic and reprehensible remarks of players Brendan Leipsic and Jack Rodewald during a group discussion private that has surfaced. on social media. There is no place in our League for such statements, attitudes and behaviors, regardless of the forum. “

Leipsic, 25, was part of his fifth team since 2015-2016. The 5-foot-10, 182-pound forward signed a one-year, $ 700,000 contract with the Capitals in July. In 61 games with Washington, the Winnipeg native scored three goals and eight assists and skated primarily on the fourth line. Before the NHL season was suspended on March 12 due to the new coronavirus pandemic, Leipsic was a healthy scratch for seven straight games. His termination of the contract means that he will immediately become an unrestricted free agent.

Leipsic made his debut in 2016 with the Toronto Maple Leafs and spent time with the Vegas Golden Knights, Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings before signing with Washington.

Leipsic’s brother Jeremy, who was also involved in the group conversation that was leaked, was released from the University of Manitoba team on Thursday, according to a release from sporting director Gene Muller.

“Bison Sports was extremely disappointed to hear the highly offensive comments from a group of prominent hockey players in a private group chat that emerged online. One of the athletes involved was a Bison Sports player on the 2019/2020 list. We condemn these objectionable remarks and attitudes and unequivocally express that they have no place in sport or in our programs.

“Leadership, respect and integrity are core values ​​of our Bison sport community and, as a result of this, we have taken steps to release the current student athlete from the Bison program.”

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