Usually the worst thing a team CEO can say is that the coach has his full support.
But this NHL boss has delivered a simply stunning spray to his two best players, calling them “f***ing horse-s**t”.
The remarkable comment was part of a story on The Athletic and comes from Dallas Stars CEO Jim Lites.
His ice hockey side sits fourth in its seven-team division after 38 games of the regular season; a position he and team owner Tom Gaglardi are not happy with.
Lites told The Athletic that Gaglardi texts him “WTF” five times a game.
“He’s pissed,” Lites said. “And you know what it’s about.”
“They are f***ing horse-s**t, I don’t know how else to put it. The team was OK. But (Tyler) Seguin and (Jamie) Benn were terrible.”
Seguin and Benn are two of the team’s biggest names, with Benn making $US13 million this season (the third-highest salary in the NHL) and Seguin recently signing an eight-year, $US78.8 million contract extension.
“We are a stars-driven league, and our stars aren’t getting it done. It’s embarrassing, and no one writes it. Write it!” Lites said.
“These guys are not good enough. They’re not good enough for me, they’re not good enough for the owner, and they’re certainly not good enough for the general manager, who I can’t speak for, but it’s not good enough for the job he’s done.
“But we’ve had meeting after meeting after meeting. The accountability on the ice is not there. These guys were signed to big contracts because they were the third- and sixth-leading scorers in the National Hockey League over the past five years.
“They get their money, we expect them to not be outplayed every game we play in. And if they were as good as they’ve been in the past we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”
Having ranked in the top five for scoring in the NHL in recent times, as mentioned by Lites, Benn and Seguin are 57th and 67th respectively this season.
This all came after Stars coach Jim Montgomery told the team on Thursday (US time) he was “f***ing embarrassed” at the moment with his side.
“(Benn) the leader of the team, he stirs the drink, but he’s not doing it,” Lites said. “He’s got to get it done.”
“He’s (Seguin) hitting posts, ‘wah-wah.” That’s what I say about hitting posts. Get a little bit closer to the action, actually go to the spot where you score goals.
“He doesn’t do that, he never does that anymore. He used to be a pest to play against, people hated playing against Tyler Seguin, they don’t anymore.
“These guys have been great players, but we are 40 games into this season and they aren’t getting it done. We are going to sleepwalk to another 14th place from the bottom and miss the playoffs.”