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NHL fines Rangers $250,000 after 'demeaning' statement

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Summary

New York Rangers fined after releasing statement on Tuesday

Rangers called Washington Capitals player Tom Wilson a "repeat offender with a long history" of violent acts

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the public comments by the Rangers were demeaning

NEW YORK (NEWS 1130) – The New York Rangers are set to be $250,000 out of pocket, two days after their very public criticism of the NHL’s department of player safety.

The fine follows a statement released by the Rangers on Tuesday, saying they were “disappointed that Capitals forward Tom Wilson was not suspended for his horrifying act of violence last night at Madison Square Garden.”

Calling Wilson a “repeat offender with a long history of these types of acts,” the Rangers said they were shocked that the NHL and department of player safety failed to take the appropriate action and suspend him indefinitely.

“We view this as a dereliction of duty by the NHL Head of Player Safety, George Parros, and believe he is unfit to continue in his current role,” the statement read.

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In a statement, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, said the public comments by the Rangers were demeaning.

“Public comments of the nature issued by the Rangers that were personal in nature and demeaning of a League executive will not be tolerated,” Bettman said.

He then went on to say, “While we don’t expect our Clubs to agree with every decision rendered by the Department of Player Safety, the extent to which the Rangers expressed their disagreement was unacceptable. It is terribly unfair to question George Parros’ professionalism and dedication to his role and the Department of Player Safety.”

New York Rangers’ General Manager, Jeff Gorton, and president John Davidson have since been fired from the team.

– With files from Sonia Aslam