Playing Good Cop
What did he say?:
In an interview with radio station KROQ last Friday, Leiweke said among other things that he believes the lockout will last the entire season and called NHL Players Association chief executive Bob Goodenow “a bald-faced liar.” Leiweke said Goodenow had lied to the players by not telling them of the Kings’ financial losses.
So Bettman has fined him for speaking openly and negatively about Bob Goodenow.
One thing out of this has been very clear: Gary Bettman has been excellent at playing “good cop” throughout the lockout and the days leading up to it. Whether it be former players, team executives or Bill Daly being “bad cop”, Bettman continues to look like he’s being fair and just to the everyone involved.
If this lockout were to be settled by who’s winning the PR war, the league wins this thing easy. Too bad it’s not.