NESN's Edwards Apologizes For Comparing Penguins' Cooke To Sirhan Sirhan
NESN's Bruins play-by-play commentator Jack Edwards "issued an apology for comments that he made regarding" Penguins LW Matt Cooke during the Penguins-Bruins broadcast on Saturday, according to TSN. Edwards during the game discussed Pittsburgh-area writers nominating Cooke for the Masterton Award, which is given annually to a player that shows dedication and perseverance to the game, and he said, "The justification being that Cooke had changed his ways after basically assassinating [Bruins C] Marc Savard. Nominating Cooke for the Masterton is about the equivalent of nominating Sirhan Sirhan as the prisoner of the year." Sirhan assassinated Robert Kennedy in '68 and is "serving life in prison." Edwards following the game "posted an apology message" on his Twitter account. He wrote, "I made a mistake. My fault all the way. This is my apology. Bad week, bad emotional reaction by me. Not fun to make a mistake. I made a mistake. I am sorry for it. I can move forward if you can." Cooke "escaped suspension for a blind-side hit on Savard in March of 2010" (TSN.ca, 4/20). Penguins GM Ray Shero was "visibly enraged when he learned of Edwards' comments and confronted him in the first intermission" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 4/21).