(Updated with apology at 8:30 a.m.)
Dane Cook is off the hook.
He's no longer the most-hated man in Boston. That's thanks again to Matt Cooke and a couple of Penguins fans with a twisted sense of humor and priorities.
If you though the clown with the "Toronto Stronger" sign was ridiculous, he's been topped, or bottomed. Things turned ugly on Twitter Saturday night during the Bruins-Penguins game. Jordan Kuruc posted a tweet following the ejection of Cooke that crossed every line possible.
Kuruc posted the following on his Twitter feed: "NHL is f-----g rigged! Matt Cooke made a clean hit. I hope your city gets bombed again Boston."
Kuruc was the lead singer of a band, ironically, called "Forebearance" which bills itself as "Melodic Hardcore from Western PA."
After the Twitter firestorm, the band posted the following message on its Facebook page:
It's come to my attention that our singer has said something very inappropriate via social media that is incredibly out of line. (In fact, I just woke up to this backlash.) The statement he made is in NO way shape or form representative of ANY view this band has and even though I personally have nothing to do with what he said, I feel the need to apologize to anyone offended by his ignorant statement. Because of this, Jordan is now removed from this band. Thank you to the people that have brought this to our attention, and again, our apologies that you had to be exposed to such ignorance.
His suspension from the band lasted for all of 24 minutes.
Drummer Dave Anderson followed up with this clarification.
At this point, the past statements on our wall made regarding our former singer ignorant statements made this evening will be deleted. The rest of our band acknowledges your outrage, agrees with your outrage, and has responded with what we feel is only just. Jordan will be performing with us for our 2 shows next week only to honor prior commitment, but nothing more...
Gary Bettman would be proud.
He later posted an apology via Twitter, before continuing his attack on Boston and its fans. That part we have no problem with.
What I have said tonight was uncalled for its just a game and I should never bring a tragedy into it!— Jordan Kuruc (@jordankuruc) June 2, 2013
He also found himself on the end of some equally offensive hate speech. Two wrongs not making a right here.
Kuruc wasn't the only one trying out their twisted sense of humor. Another genius, Curt Sagriff, offered this gem: "Drop another bomb in boston right on the bruins arena. #dontgiveaf--k hate boston so much.â€ť
Both Tweets were retweeted to the FBI's @FBIBoston Twitter feed.
Social media has allowed billions of people to show how brilliant, funny or despicable they can be. It's often filled with ugliness, racial hatred and profanity. Several Bruins fans and/or racists showed their ugly side after Joel Ward's goal in the Game 7 loss to the Capitals last year. This type of idiocy has, sadly, become news.
Kuruc deleted most of his game-related tweets by the time the Bruins finished their 3-0 demolition of the Penguins. He's in no way typical of most Pittsburgh fans, especially those who quietly left the arena play after Nathan Horton's goal gave Boston an insurmountable three-goal lead 7:51 into the third period. David Krejci added a pair to stoke the ire of the Penguins and earned the coveted Ranger jacket from his teammates.
The fact that any adult would stoop to this level in reaction to a sporting event is a disturbing sign.
It's a shame folks don't understand the difference between sports hate and real hate, as discussed in this space Friday.
Save for Cooke's dirty play - even Whitey Bulger thinks he's a thug - the visceral feelings directed toward Sidney Crosby and his teammates Saturday topped the sports hatred meter. Crosby's cheap swat at Tuukka Rask at the end of the second period was the only shot he'd get in on the Boston goalie all night.
(Note: An earlier version of this post contained a reference to Cindy Crosby. Some readers found that demeaning to women hockey players, all of whom could no doubt kick his ass. The remark was trite and didn't fit the tone of this particular piece. Apologies. No one here is claiming perfection, especially me.)
But this game was near perfection on the part of the Bruins. This was sports hate along the lines of Bruins-Canadiens circa 1979, Patriots vs. Jets circa now, A-Rod and Thurman Munson combined. Bernard Pollard is next.
It was interesting how NBC had the Marc Savard replay at the ready immediately after Cooke's game-ending-for-him-hit on Adam McQuaid. They knew what was coming. And no doubt the word came down that the national TV audience was not going to stand for it.
This game was better than advertised. Worth the week's wait. Rask dominated Pittsburgh. It remains mystifying why so many fans and media members (and even his teammates at times) are hesitant to give him credit for what he's accomplished thus far in the playoffs, beating Toronto twice in OT and basically stonewalling the Rangers.
Calling Roberto Luongo to pump his tires.
Saturday, Rask simply shut out Pittsburgh, the best offensive team in the NHL.
Don't worry, Pittsburgh.
You still have most offensive team in the league, and have at least two fans to prove it.
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