“I would like to sincerely apologize for my off-color remarks to the press yesterday from Calgary,” Avery said, according to the Sporting News. “I should not have made those comments and I recognize that they were inappropriate. It was a bad attempt to build excitement for the game, but I am now acutely aware of how hurtful my actions were. I caused unnecessary embarrassment to my peers as well as people I have been close with in the past.”
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On Wednesday, Avery, who plays for the NHL’s Dallas Stars, took a jab at some of his colleagues who he claimed had been dating his former flames.
“It’s a common thing for NHL guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds,” Avery panned for the cameras.
Although he didn’t mention her by name, Avery had been dating former “24” star Cuthbert, who is now dating fellow hockey player Dion Phaneuf from the Calgary Flames, and has also been linked to another player from the Montreal Canadiens.
Avery, who has made a reputation as the NHL’s bad boy and garnered headlines when he interned for Vogue editor Anna Wintour last summer, also previously dated former supermodel Rachel Hunter.
Hunter is currently dating Los Angeles Kings player Jaret Stoll.
“I apologize for offending the great fans of the NHL, the commissioner, my teammates, my coaching staff and the Dallas Stars management and ownership,” Avery continued in his apology. “As many of you know, I like to mix it up on and off the ice from time to time, but understand that this time I took it too far.”
As a result of his initial comments, the NHL’s commissioner suspended Avery indefinitely for what was deemed “inappropriate public comments, not pertaining to the game.”