Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas tears up ‘disgusting’ Toronto Sun cover by John Tavares
Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas tore up the Toronto Sun on Saturday for a ‘disgusting’ cover photo of John Tavares after the team captain took a knee to the head in the opening game of the team against the Canadiens. The cover had a caption that read: “Captain Crunched”.
The 30-year-old was stretched off the ice in the first period Thursday after inadvertently taking a knee to Corey Perry of Montreal. The Maple Leafs went on to lose the opening round series opener.
“I know the players and our coaching staff are focused on Game 2 here tonight, but I want to address another issue on behalf of the organization and, more importantly, our players and their families,” Dubas told reporters (via an NHL insider. Chris johnston). “I think situations like this garner a lot of coverage, but as an organization we felt yesterday that the Toronto Sun’s coverage of their newspaper was over the line and we found the coverage disgusting.
“I understand and we understand here that writers and columnists don’t have any input into article covers or headlines, but we just thought it was extroardinally insensitive from the Sun when it comes to the photo and the legend that accompanied the situation. Yesterday. Just a complete lack of compassion and respect from the Sun towards John and his family, especially for such an honest member of our organizational community and his family who had to endure this. “
Here is the cover in question, which was released on Friday before the publication became aware of Tavares’ injury condition.
When the Toronto Sun went to print this morning, John Tavares’ status was unknown and they still continued with an absolutely tasteless pun on his front page.
Imagine his condition worsened overnight and “Captain Crunched” is what those ghouls posted. pic.twitter.com/tblgpJZv7Y
– Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) May 21, 2021
On Friday morning, the Maple Leafs released an update on Tavares, claiming he was released from hospital after spending the night. He was ruled out indefinitely due to a concussion.
It was a scary moment as Tavares lay on the ice, especially after coaches rushed to assess him: he was unable to stand and had to be restrained to avoid causing further injury. He offered a nudge on the stretcher.
Sun editor-in-chief Adrienne Batra acknowledged the coverage on Saturday ahead of Dubas’ comments, saying the post “meant no disrespect” to Tavares, his family or the Maple Leafs.
The Toronto Sun editor responded in Saturday’s letters section to criticism of the newspaper for its Friday front page. pic.twitter.com/EmDIgM0EmH
– Kevin McGran (@kevin_mcgran) May 22, 2021
Toronto will face Montreal in Game 2 at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday. They will do it without their center, who this season has scored 50 points (19 goals, 31 assists).