Mark Scheifele claims his family were bullied after hitting Jake Evans: “It’s pretty disgusting to see”
Jets center Mark Scheifele understands his actions against Canadiens forward Jake Evans have consequences. But he doesn’t want angry fans going after his family as he suffers a Four-game suspension imposed by the NHL to charge.
Scheifele told reporters via Zoom on Friday that his family had been bullied by fans unhappy with his indictment sentence against Evans.
“I don’t care about people saying things about me. I’m a big boy, I can take it. I signed up for this. That’s why you put yourself in this situation,” Scheifele said. “The media scrutiny, whatever it is, I can handle that. But to do this to my parents, my brother and my sister, my relatives, it is totally unacceptable. In a society where you can hide behind a keyboard, that’s the problem. .
“I can handle the criticism. I was suspended for four games. I was held responsible. But there is no right to sue my parents, to sue my relatives. It is totally unacceptable. But it is. is our company these days. It’s wrong to say but it’s our company. I can handle it.
Scheifele received a five-minute major penalty for charging and game misconduct after tying Evans in the last minute of the Team Series opener between Winnipeg and Montreal on Wednesday, a 5-3 victory for Canadians. Scheifele was suspended for four games the next day and will be out in Games 2-5 for the best-of-seven series. Evans is out indefinitely with a concussion.
Here is the game in question (note: the content may be disturbing for some viewers):
Scheifele told reporters on Friday he believed the length of the suspension was “excessive”, but said he would accept them without appeal.
“I can take responsibility. That’s what you sign up for, being in the NHL,” Scheifele told reporters. “But the hatred my family received. The bullying they suffered. Online, phone calls. It’s pretty disgusting to see. My parents are the salt of the earth. For my parents to receive hate. like that, and my brother and sister, it’s awful. I can handle it, I’m a grown man. I accepted this and I can be held responsible for it. But for my family, it hurts a lot. “
The puck falls for Game 2 of the Canadian Jets Series at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday.