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Duncan Keith gets annoyed with a female reporter following loss


After losing to the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night 3-1, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith was pretty annoyed with a female reporter.  The play she is referring to is in the video above, where Keith takes a solid whack at Daniel Sedin following his goal.

The reporter Keith was annoyed with was Karen Thomson, a reporter for Team 1040 in Vancouver.  Chicago Tribune reporter Chris Kuc has provided a transcript of their conversation, and the audio can be heard here:

Thomson: “Can you talk about what happened after the Daniel Sedin goal?”

Keith: “Which one was that one?

Thomson: “The third goal.”

Keith: “The third one? Well, we scored one goal after that I think and the game ended 3-1.”

Thomson: “Right after the goal when you were on the ice with Daniel. Right after he scored. You remember?”

Keith: “I went off the ice and took a minus. I don’t know. What are you talking about?”

Thomson: “Nothing. Just checking.”

Keith: “What did you see?”

Thomson: “It looked like maybe there was 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. The ref was right there. That’s what the ref saw. We should get you as a ref maybe, eh?”

Thomson: “Yeah, maybe.”

Keith: The first female … ”

Thomson: “I can’t skate, though.”

Keith: “The first female referee. You can’t play probably either, right? But you’re thinking the game like you know it? Okay, see ya.”

He makes a sarcastic comment towards her and all of the other reporters that talk about games like they know what’s going on, when they haven’t even played it themselves.  I can understand his frustration after a loss, but some people will probably not be pleased with him bringing up the “first female ref” part.  He’ll take some heat for his comments being sexist, which I don’t agree with.  Yes, bringing up her gender was unnecessary, but I don’t think he was saying she doesn’t know anything about hockey because she is a woman.  I think he was saying she doesn’t know anything about hockey because she is a reporter that hasn’t played the game before.  The comment, while demeaning, wasn’t meant to be sexist in my opinion.

Karen had her own response to the incident on Twitter:

Since she didn’t seem to take it as sexist and wasn’t offended by it, I don’t think anyone else should be either.

[Puck Daddy Blog]

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