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Hathaway, Caps comment on his suspension for spitting; no appeal coming

21 novembre 2019
Neither Garnet Hathaway nor the Washington Capitals plan to appeal his three game suspension for spitting at Erik Gudbranson of the Anaheim Ducks Monday night. Hathaway insists it was a heat of the moment thing, but he's ok with the league's decision.

"It was tough to swallow because I want to be out there with the guys," said Hathaway of his three game ban.

"In the end, I respect the league's decision and I had a fair opportunity to explain my side of things and how I saw the events unfold and you know I don't plan on appealing anything," he added. "In my view, it was a hectic situation. Coming out of a fight there was a second, third and fourth man that came in and I got sucker-punched a few times and let my emotions take over. I had an emotional reaction that I regret and I wish it didn't happen. No one regrets it or is more disappointed than I am."

Washington head coach Todd Reirden agrees with Hathaway's assessment of the suspension and say the team will not be appealing.

"That is the decision the league made and you know we support it ... our team is not going to have him for three games. He is an important part of our team," said Reirden. "It is a tough situation to go through and he will be a better person for it in the long run."

Hathaway spat on Gudbranson during a shoving match late in the 2nd period of Monday night's game.

“That’s about as low as you dig a pit, really,” Gudbranson said post-game, according to The Athletic‘s Eric Stephens. “It’s a bad thing to do. It’s something you just don’t do in our game, and he did it.”

“It’s just something that it’s just disrespectful,” he added. “I mean, we’re competing. That’s fine. I’ve got no problem with guys fighting. That’s what this game is all about is guys fighting to win hockey games, and sometimes that’s what happens. But going to that level is wrong.”



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