ESPN’s Joe House was on the phone Tuesday morning to discuss the latest news regarding the NHL’s player protest movement, and how he thought it would be different for athletes.
“If you were an NBA player, you’d be tweeting,” House told host Bob Ley on ESPN’s First Take.
“You would be on Twitter, you would be having the biggest social media following.
If you were a baseball player, it would get a lot more mainstream.
And if you were in a sport, if you weren’t in the NHL, you might be a little more on the sidelines.”
House added that he believes players should be more aware of what their actions will get them in trouble with the NHL.
“There are a lot of good players, and a lot that are going to be the targets of this,” House said.
“I think that they should be aware that what they’re doing is wrong, and that the NBA, the NFL, and the NBA players have the same rights as everyone else, and we’re going to continue to be there for them.
“They don’t think they can be the target. “
The other thing that we’ve seen from this is that these laws have really created a whole other level of frustration, a whole new level of anxiety that some players don’t want to go out there and fight,” House continued.
“They don’t think they can be the target.
And they feel like if they are, it will be because of the people that they are.
It’s the same thing with the NFL.
“So it’s not that they’re just doing this because they want to do it, but they’re trying to put us on the front page. “
But they also don’t realize that it will get us in trouble, because it will put us in the news and make it more of a focal point of our activism,” House concluded.
“So it’s not that they’re just doing this because they want to do it, but they’re trying to put us on the front page.
It is that the players are really going to have to take on this issue.”
The NHLPA will have a meeting with the league at the league’s spring meetings in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 6.