Re: Who did Colin Campbell call "a little fake artist"?
posted at 11/16/2010 7:18 PM EST
But that doesn’t mean it has always been the case. Dean Warren, the ex-NHL referee whose court case this week brought to light the Colin Campbell emails from three years ago involving Campbell’s opinions on refs and players alike, was a guest on the Greg Brady Show on the Fan 590 in Toronto today. Warren continued to call into question the elder Campbell’s integrity as the NHL Senior Executive VP of Hockey Operations.
“I recall one the other day specifically. I was talking to a fella about it the other day. I called a penalty late in the game against Florida,” Warren told Brady about a game featuring Gregory Campbell. “And Stephen Walkom was the director of officiating at the time, and he called me the next day and he said Mr. Campbell doesn’t think it’s a penalty. And I said, well the guy ran him down from behind, the player got hit, went headfirst into the boards, I don’t know how you can’t call it a penalty. And I said, as a matter of fact, I kind of wondered should I have given a game misconduct as well as a penalty.
“And I do know at the time that Stephen Walkom said look if I’ve got to listen to Colin Campbell anymore, I’m going to slit my own wrists. That kind of gives you an indication of Mr. Campbell certainly ruling or making decisions on games involving Florida and his son’s team.”
Brady asked Warren how Colin Campbell’s position affected Gregory Campbell on the ice.
“I don’t know if it affected his play or not,” said Warren. “I knew the referees knew who he was and maybe to some degree gave him a wider berth, I don’t know. Certainly not in any games I officiated. And I know some of the senior guys that got a lot of integrity wouldn’t let that affect them. But, do you help out your boss’s kid a little bit? I don’t know.”
The only thing now I can hope for is the press keeps this thing rolling then the NHLPA does it's job doubtful but I can still hope. Obviously the NHL wants to brush this under the rug the only thing that could keep going away is a lawsuit.