How does accountability ruin hockey in a country quite literally foaming-at-the-mouth mad for the sport?
A key component of this that you're either failing to recognize or electing to ignore is that unless Hockey Canada is stripped down to stud, even outright replaced, all the kind of lip service you desire does is play musical chairs with an institution with a bad ignoring consent habit. What assurances are there preventing "Hockey Canada 2.0" from becoming just as cruel, uncaring, and vile as its predecessor? A fundamental change has to occur and that change has to be grassroots. The entire framework of Hockey Canada has led us to this very moment. It is wholly rotten. Tip to tail.
I look to other, actually-serious-about-societal-change leagues, such as the NBA where entire teams will sit out games in response to injustices. Sports are the reward of a fully-functional society. The most effective means of forcing change as an athlete is the refusal to participate until that change is made. Their million-dollar contracts and sponsors enable this. Any decent Canadian child playing through the Hockey Canada system should be actively trying to abstain from any events until this scandal is fully resolved. Why would a member of one of our elite women's teams want to wear the banner of an organization that cares not if young men drunkenly assault them so long as they believe money makes the problem disappear? How could the parents of vulnerable children want their daughters and sons to play for such a morally-bankrupt organization?
You think you're making a point and that you have the best interests of others at heart. The exact opposite is in fact true. I look to your usage of the word groupthink (let me guess, liberal groupthink, yeah?) or how you insist kids missing out on a few international tournaments are the true victims in this case. Have you no genuine empathy for the victims of these sexual assaults or are you so firmly entrenched as a product of your time that you cannot see this as anything other than "boys will be boys"? Human decency never needs to be politicized. I truly fail to see why you've attempted to do so here.
Canada, the children you so very much fret about, and the sport are truly better off with a complete reevaluation of what kind of organization should oversee our beloved sport. If it takes one year, ten years, or twenty. People will always matter more than a game. Shame on you for ignoring that.
Wow. People should sabotage themselves for “change” is your basic thesis here. I have no desire to debate politics with you or anyone. You’ve made your politics incredibly clear. Mine are the opposite of yours so let’s leave that there. I also have no problem with nuking Hockey Canada and replacing every current employee. We
Here’s where I’m taking issue with you:
“Have you no genuine empathy for the victims of these sexual assaults or are you so firmly entrenched as a product of your time that you cannot see this as anything other than "boys will be boys"?”
Let me tell you about the “product of time”, yes I’m from a different time, one where people were presumed to be innocent until a court of law found them guilty. This is one of the bedrocks of a society founded on constitutional law, monarchy or republic aside. This is as crucial to a democratic society as free speech is. I don’t know who you are other than some person on the internet but let me tell you about the times you’re living in, people are now destroyed in their private lives by ACCUSATIONS.
Accusation: a charge or claim that someone has done something illegal or wrong.
Victim- a person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action.
Now everyone today loves the sound of their voice and their opinion but the beauty of a language is that words having actual meanings free from our opinions. The people bringing forth these allegations are “alleged victims”. Those who have been accused are “alleged offenders”.
What scares the heck out of me is to see what you and most younger people (I’m not assuming your age other than doubting you’re my age) say… “the victims of these sexual assaults…”
Your lack of acknowledging that these are allegations and not facts is absolutely frightening. You have already made up your mind that 6 or 7 members of the 2018 Canadian junior team are rapists. That’s seems like a settled fact for you, which is absolutely mind boggling to me when we have absolutely no charges and no court proceedings at this point, yet you’ve skipped the indictment and trial and went straight to a verdict.
Why are you going to a guilty verdict on these players without as much as an indictment? Does that not make you wonder why you’re so comfortable jumping to this conclusion? Do you do this with criminal accusations? Or is it just high profile sexual assault accusations? I’m trying to understand this because our entire justice system is based off the opposite thinking.