I love sports, but I hate sports starswho think, by virtue of playing football or hockey or jai-alai better than 90 percent of the population, they have the right to be a rotten human being.
Guess what? You don't, Sean Avery.
That's right, I went bowling with Cuthbert for a column back in August 2006, and she could not have been any cooler. We bowled two games and, despite all the drooling press she gets in men's mags, she is very down to earth and a genuine sports fan. She used to blog for the NHL, and her brother and mom played hockey when she was growing up in Canada.
Elisha was a volleyball player -- too small for hockey. And, I might add, she's a decent bowler -- as you can see from the photos.
The most vile part of Avery's comments is that they were calculated. Nobody asked him about Elisha. He waited till cameras were rolling to call her "sloppy seconds," a disgusting way of referring to anyone, much less a woman he once supposedly cared about. And all because she is now datingCalgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf. Sounds like wittle, bitty Sean is jealous.
Oh, go dump some of your $15 million contract on therapy. Or call Dr. Phil.
The other unfortunate thing about this story, which has attracted more attention to hockey in two days than all the action on the ice has in two years, is that it gives yahoo bloggers license to brand Cuthbert as a "hockey hag" and crack jokes about her "stickhandling."
And to that I say: Mean people suck, and so does Sean Avery for starting this.
Good thing the Elisha Cuthbert I met is tough enough and classy enough to ignore it all.