Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Matt Duchene, Senators Players Busted Ripping Coach, Team During Uber Ride

Matt Duchene, Senators Players Busted Ripping Coach, Team During Uber Ride

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.

It it unknown who leaked the video, which was posted to Twitter and YouTube and then taken down, but the players involved, Duchene, Wideman, Chabot, Tierney, Dylan DeMelo, Alex Formenton, and Colin White apologized for their behavior late Monday night.

"Marty Raymond, the only coach in National Hockey League history to have the worst power play and the worst PK within a calendar year", Duchene says. "I haven't paid attention in three weeks".

"We were carried away and that's definitely all I can say about it".

The video was taken without the players' consent in an Uber vehicle in Phoenix, the night before their October 30 game against the Coyotes (note: the time stamp in the video is incorrect).

"We're passionate about our team, and focusing on growing together", the statement reads. "This is an important learning experience, and we will do better".

In a statement, the players apologized publicly to Raymond, their teammates and coaches for the comments.

The viral video, which was reportedly recorded by an Uber driver with a dash-cam, has raised questions about expectations of privacy for Uber passengers.

"It's disappointing the way the video got released", Stone said.

The notice also asserts that the newspaper published the video while fully aware that it had been shot without consent, arguing that the contents were of no "genuine public interest".

"We have every confidence in Marty Raymond's coaching; in the effort and determination of our team; and in the sincerity of our players' apology".

Uber Canada's General Manager Rob Khazzam said filming riders without their consent was a violation of their terms of service. "We dealt with this long before this video was released". Owner Eugene Melnyk threatening to move the team, a freaky 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. "As a coaching staff and management and players, we're trying to form a bond that turns this team into the right direction and this is a hiccup, but I think we're on the right track of doing that".

Other players that were seen on video getting out of the auto were defenseman Dylan DeMelo and winger Alex Formenton, who is no longer with the Senators after leaving to return to his junior club. I talked to some in Ottawa and to be frank they are kind of laughing at the whole thing.They get it and I am told this won't affect any player contracts moving forward.This is more fun for the media to poke at them they are feeling.

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