Hockey fans were expecting news regarding when the league will officially restart their season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, they received a disturbing update out of the Washington Capitals camp.
On Wednesday, leaked screenshots revealed that Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic made misogynistic comments in a private Instagram group chat. To make matters worse, Leipsic also bashed linemates Nic Dowd and Garnet Hathaway.
Leipsic directed crude comments towards random women in regards to their appearance in the group chat. Some of his ire was about the wife of Los Angeles Kings forward Tanner Pearson and the girlfriend of Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid. To make matters worse, Leipsic even made sexual remarks about other women, and trust us when we say they're very distasteful.
As if the comments weren't enough, Leipsic decided to increase his stock in "Hockey's Most Hated" category. Leipsic took aim at Dowd and Hathaway, where he said "F---, they're losers." Additionally, Leipsic bashed his former teammates with the Vancouver Canucks, calling them "easily the worst crew in the world."
After these comments went viral on all forms of social media, Leipsic deleted his Instagram account while also releasing an apology.
"Yesterday my friend's Instagram account was hacked and an individual circulated images that are representative of private conversations I was a part of," Leipsic wrote, via ESPN. "I fully recognize how inappropriate and offensive these comments are and sincerely apologize to everyone for my actions. I am committed to learning from this and becoming a better person by taking time to determine how to move forward in an accountable, meaningful way. I am truly sorry."
The NHL and the Capitals organization condemned Leipsic's comments, calling them "unacceptable." We'll continue to keep you update on this story if and when discipline is handed down to Leipsic.