The Philadelphia Flyers apologized for "disrespectful remarks" by a member of its social media team toward a reporter.
As relayed by The Athletic, winger Garnet Hathaway was asked a question during a virtual conference about sticking with the team for what looks to be another rebuild. Seemingly annoyed by the inquiry, one of the team's staffers was heard saying, "How many times is she going to ask this f------ question?"
New team president Keith Jones acknowledged the incident in a team statement:
It's not uncommon for members of a team to become annoyed by a reporter who may either repeat the same question (generally negative in tone) to multiple people or rephrase the same question in different ways in order to get a desired response. However, it's rare to hear anyone express obvious frustration about it, especially knowing how that burst of emotion becomes a story in and of itself. Even in those moments, those fits of anger may come from a player or coach as opposed to someone who is part of a team's behind-the-scenes staff.
It's not clear if the staffer was disciplined or how, but Jones, who was a television analyst with NBC and TNT before taking the job with his former team in June, wants to make sure that the team establishes a solid working relationship with the media he was once a part of.
The Flyers have been stuck in the doldrums over the past several seasons, and it has clearly gotten to everyone who has endured the hard times.