Mark Scheifele claims household was bullied after beating Jake Evans: “It is fairly gross to see”
Jets Center Mark Scheifele understands that his actions against Canadiens striker Jake Evans have consequences. But he doesn’t want angry fans to indulge his family as he has been banned from four games on an NHL charge.
Scheifele told reporters on Zoom on Friday that his family was bullied by fans who were dissatisfied with his sentence against Evans.
“I don’t care that people say things about me. I’m a big boy, I can handle it. I signed up for it. That’s why you put yourself in this situation,” said Scheifele. “Media control, whatever that is, I can handle it. But my parents, my siblings, my loved ones, enforcing it is completely unacceptable. In a society where you can hide behind a keyboard, that’s it Problem.” .
“I can handle the criticism. I was banned four games. I was held accountable. But there is no right to prosecute my parents, my loved ones. That is completely unacceptable. But that’s our society these days. It’s bad too.” say, but this is our society. I can handle it. “
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Scheifele received a five-minute major on charge and misconduct after equalizing Evans in the final minute of the teams’ series opening game between Winnipeg and Montreal on Wednesday, a 5-3 win for the Canadiens. Scheifele was suspended for four games the next day and falls out of games 2-5 for the best-of-seven series. Evans is indefinitely out of action with a concussion.
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Scheifele told reporters Friday that he thought the length of the suspension was “excessive” but said he would accept it without appeal.
“I can take responsibility. That’s what you sign up for when you’re in the NHL,” Scheifele told reporters. “But the hatred my family got. The bullying they got. Online, phone calls. It’s pretty gross to watch. My parents are the salt of the earth and sister, it’s terrible. I can handle it, I’m a grown man. I accepted that and can be held responsible for it. But when my family gets that, it hurts me a lot. “
The puck will fall for Game 2 of the Jets Canadiens series on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.