The Boston Bruins traded Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars on Thursday, and much of the talk surrounding the deal has had to do with the 21-year-old allegedly acting unprofessionally. Multiple reports from the Boston area on Friday highlighted stories about Seguin staying up late and irritating the Bruins with his partying antics, but one was particularly alarming.
According to Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald, Seguin’s “reckless partying” got so out of hand during the playoffs that the Bruins ordered him to live in a hotel room. The team also reportedly hired a guard to make sure he was in his room before games instead of out partying. Tyler’s mom, Jackie Seguin, told the Toronto Star on Friday that the report is completely false.
“That’s not true,” she said. “I know that for a fact. The whole team lived in the hotel. That’s crap. Oh, my God. That’s stupid stuff. That’s very unfair to say that. He’s a professional. That makes me very angry.”
Jackie added that Tyler oftentimes would opt for staying at the hotel with the team rather than going out to dinner. She also said that he spent three days in Boston during the Stanley Cup Final and a week with his father, adding that he was either at the hotel or with his dad.
“You know what is happening?” Jackie asked. “Boston is now trying to justify why they’re getting rid of Tyler. Obviously, they don’t want a fan backlash against (general manager Peter) Chiarelli,” she said. “Now they’re making up stories.”
That may be true, but Seguin’s performance on the ice in the playoffs over the past three seasons was reason enough to trade him. A certain MLB manager would agree with Jackie that the Boston media can be incredibly harsh to players and coaches on their way out the door. That being said, Boston received a solid two-way player from Dallas in Loui Erikkson. It’s not as if they gave Seguin away, so the team shouldn’t have to plant stories. In any event, mom feels her son is being poorly represented. Instincts are tough to control.
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