NHL Players Caught Ripping Own Team and Coach in Uber Dashcam Video

Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick.
Paul Sakuma  
AP

Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick. Paul Sakuma AP

The Ottawa Senators who were taped by an Uber driver in Arizona last week while they mocked assistant coach Martin Raymond have issued public apologies.

He began shopping the video to various reporters via Twitter, writing that the players - Matt Duchene, Thomas Chabot, Alex Formenton, Dylan DeMelo, Colin White, Chris Tierney and Chris Wideman - were "cheap entitled kids".

Ottawa Senators' Matt Duchene was one of seven players caught in secret footage taken in an Uber auto.

The Uber driver is heard asking what team the players play for near the beginning of the video and Wideman, seated in the passenger seat, replied: "Ottawa". If you can tell we're really pleased with our.' before a player seated in the middle row of the vehicle finishes his sentence: 'with our PK [penalty kill]'.

Ottawa Senators center Matt Duchene was among the players seen in a video ripping an assistant coach.

"Nothing is more important to us during this rebuild than making sure our players and coaches are fully committed to our plan, our values and our system of play", said head coach Guy Boucher.

"Here's the other thing, too".

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"We don't change anything, ever", he said. So why do we even have a meeting?

Tierney, seated behind the driver, looked up the team's stats on his phone and found Ottawa is 29th of 31 National Hockey League teams in terms of penalty killing.

The players released a statement Monday night apologizing for their comments. "We are now treating this as a team matter, and will be making no further comment to the media". "On-ice performance, ticket sales, attendance, discord in the locker room and public support of the organization are all relevant when it comes to discussing the overall health of the team".

And as we learn more about this story, the Ottawa Senators have already begun to take action.

Raymond, who is in his third season with the Senators, was responsible for the power play for much of last season and is in charge of the team's penalty-killing this year.

In a letter to the newspaper, team lawyers said the video was posted despite the fact that it was secretly recorded, violating the players' privacy.

The Ottawa Citizen flatly rejected the legal notice from the National Hockey League team, saying the video shot surreptitiously by an Uber driver was circulating on social media when the paper chose to report on it. Owner Eugene Melnyk threatening to move the team, a weird alleged cyberbullying incident involving the wife of former star captain Erik Karlsson and harassment allegations against former assistant general manager Randy Lee are just the tip of the iceberg.

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