The Washington Capitals mentioned they’re trying into “unacceptable” feedback that had been made by ahead Brendan Leipsic on social media and later screen-grabbed and leaked to Twitter and Reddit on Wednesday.
“We’re conscious of the unacceptable and offensive feedback made by Brendan Leipsic in a non-public dialog on social media,” a crew spokesperson mentioned. “We’ll deal with this matter internally.”
Leipsic’s feedback got here from a bunch chat on Instagram. In considered one of his feedback, made in response to a photograph posted by the Vancouver Canucks that featured ahead Tanner Pearson greeting his younger son and his spouse, Meaghan Pearson, Leipsic insulted the looks of Pearson’s spouse.
Leipsic additionally made feedback concerning the look of Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid’s girlfriend, Lauren Kyle, in a Halloween photograph, in addition to sexual feedback and criticism of the appearances of different girls. He additionally commented on a photograph of Capitals linemates Nic Dowd and Garnet Hathaway internet hosting their podcast — on which Leipsic has not appeared as a visitor — writing, “F— they’re losers.”
The feedback shortly went viral after they had been collected on Reddit posts and on Twitter. The Capitals had been made conscious of them Wednesday.
Leipsic, who deleted his Instagram account on Wednesday, later issued an apology on Twitter.
“Yesterday my buddy’s Instagram account was hacked and a person circulated pictures which might be consultant of personal conversations I used to be part of,” Leipsic wrote. “I absolutely acknowledge how inappropriate and offensive these feedback are and sincerely apologize to everybody for my actions. I’m dedicated to studying from this and turning into a greater individual by taking time to find out how one can transfer ahead in an accountable, significant means. I’m really sorry.”
Leipsic, 25, performed 61 video games with the Capitals this season, his fourth in a well-traveled NHL profession. Drafted by Nashville in 2012, he made his debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2015-16. After being chosen by the Vegas Golden Knights within the 2017 enlargement draft, Leipsic was traded to Vancouver in February 2018, then claimed in waivers by Los Angeles in December 2018, earlier than signing as a free agent with Washington final July.
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