Mike Babcock Has Released A Statement After Accusations

Julien Trekker
September 12, 2023  (3:06 PM)

Earlier today, news surfaced suggesting that Mike Babcock faced controversy just a few weeks after taking on the role of head coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Babcock and Paul Bissonnette Comment

Here's the official statement released by the team:
Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coach Mike Babcock and center Boone Jenner released the following statements regarding comments made earlier today on a hockey podcast.

"While meeting with our players and staff I asked them to share, off their phones, family pictures as part of the process of getting to know them better. There was absolutely nothing more to it than that.

The way this was portrayed on the Spittin' Chiclets podcast was a gross misrepresentation of those meetings and extremely offensive.

These meetings have been very important and beneficial, not only for me but for our players and staff as well, and to have them depicted like this is irresponsible and completely inaccurate." - Mike Babcock

«While meeting with Babs he asked me about my family and where I'm from, my upcoming wedding and hockey-related stuff. He then asked if I had pictures of my family and I was happy to share some with him. He showed me pictures of his family.

"I thought it was a great first meeting and good way for us to start to build a relationship. To have this blown out of proportion is truly disappointing.» - Boone Jenner

According to them, the things got out of control for nothing.
But that's not what Bissonnette believes. A few minutes later, he answered back to Babcock:
"Tell Babs to knock off the bullshit. Enough with putting guys on the spot in the coaches room asking them to link their phones up to airplay mode and grilling them. I've had tons of players confirm it. Smarten the fuck up Babs. Shove your statement up his ass."
Who do you believe?