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Brendan Leipsic waived by Capitals over comments about women, teammates

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Washington Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic made some vulgar and misogynistic remarks to his friends that were leaked on social media earlier this week, and the team is moving on from him as a result.

The Capitals announced on Friday that they have placed Leipsic on unconditional waivers for purposes of terminating his contract. The move comes two days after Leipsic says his friend’s Instagram account was hacked to reveal screenshots of private conversations. Those exchanges included misogynistic comments about women and derogatory remarks about current and former teammates. You can see some of the direct messages here.

Leipsic issued a statement on Twitter Wednesday apologizing for the comments, and he said he is “committed to learning from this and becoming a better person by taking time to determine how to move forward in an accountable, meaningful way.”

The NHL also released a statement condemning the comments made by Leipsic and Florida Panthers prospect Jack Rodewald, who was involved in the leaked conversation.

Leipsic played in 61 games for the Capitals this season, tallying three goals and eight assists. The 25-year-old spent time with the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings prior to landing in D.C.

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