Why focusing on Bobby Hull’s hockey legacy, but not his abuse allegations, is a problem
, 2023-01-30 08:00:00,
Celebrity obituaries are never short on effusive praise or glorification, but when a star has a legacy that includes allegations of domestic violence and racism, as is the case with Canadian hockey legend Bobby Hull, the fawning tributes may be hard to stomach for some.
Hull died Monday at the age of 84 after a storied career in the NHL.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who is marking 30 years in his position this week, remembered Hull as a “gregarious” and “explosive” player, lauding his string of achievements. The league made no mention of Hull’s troubling past in its statement, or in its four-minute career retrospective video shared on social media, and Hull’s image was projected on the ice at NHL games Monday night.
Bobby Hull tribute here in Winnipeg <a href=”https://t.co/6oT0ueCZw1″>pic.twitter.com/6oT0ueCZw1</a>
The Hockey Hall of Fame, which inducted Hull in 1983, and two of the professional teams he played with, Chicago and the Winnipeg Jets (the Hartford Whalers no longer exists as a franchise), issued statements expressing sadness and sympathies. But, there was no recognition of Hull’s personal history in their memorials either.
As of Tuesday, Hockey Canada had no statement on its website or social media channels about Hull, who won the 1976 Canada Cup as a member of Team Canada. The sport’s governing body in this country is mired in its own scandal over its handling of sexual assault claims.
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