It appears that the saga that is Steve Moore vs. Todd Bertuzzi is coming to end. An out-of-court settlement has apparently been reached that will see Moore get millions of dollars for the injuries suffered at the hands of Bertuzzi. But what this really tells me is that if you are a perpetrator, provoke someone into retaliating, and play the victim card long enough, you can get very rich. Don’t ignore this, it is happening right now in our society.
Let’s get to the root cause. Moore, while playing for the Colorado Avalanche, took out Vancouver Canucks forward Markus Naslund with an elbow to the head during a game between the two teams. No penalty was given and no suspension was handed down. It was considered a clean hit. Really? A clean hit to me does not involve a direct path, taking a good 3 or 4 strides into the player. Had Moore own up to his hit on Naslund and the NHL subsequently suspended him, we would not be where we are today. Who knows how long Moore’s playing career would have lasted but he would have left the game on his own terms.
Moore, by the definition laid out by the politically-correct media, is a goon. He is a guy that should have been kicked out of hockey. He should have not be able to lace up his skates again. But he was allowed to continue to play. Later that season, Moore had his ass handed to him first, ironically, by Matt Cooke and later by Bertuzzi. Moore dropped the gloves and took his lumps from Cooke and delivered a few of his own. That should have been the end of it. No one could recall if Moore went after another Canucks player in that game but no one on the Canucks bench seemed satisfied with that result. Thus, Bertuzzi’s involvement in this and the incident that led to where we are now.
Then there’s the sucker punch that apparently ended Moore’s career. I don’t like to be a conspiracy theorist but doesn’t it appear that Bertuzzi’s punch was soft and that Moore embellished his fall to the ice? Moore easily went down like a ton of bricks and he is definitely not an easy guy to knock down. I would hazard to guess that Moore’s career-ending injury was due to getting crushed by the weight of Bertuzzi and the players piling on top of him, not from that sucker punch as many are led to believe.
People don’t realize that they are being played as fools especially Moore’s lawyer Tim Danson. Danson is too smart to get suckered into this but he did his job. He put Moore in the position where he is and there is not a heart in Canada that is not bleeding right now. I bet Paul Bernardo and Steve Williams are finding this amusing. No one should be shedding a tear for Moore. But as long as he continues to play the victim card, no one will even dare call him a goon.