Major Investigation Opens Regarding Mike Babcock and The Blue Jackets

Published September 12, 2023 at 2:00 PM

Controversy Arises Over Babcock's Coaching Methods

Today, the Spittin' Chiclets Podcast ignited a debate by making allegations against Columbus Blue Jackets' coach Mike Babcock. Paul Bissonnette asserted that Babcock had requested players to share family photos from their phones to foster team bonding.

Investigation and Responses

In response to these allegations, both the Columbus Blue Jackets and the NHL Players' Association (NHLPA) launched investigations. Subsequently, Babcock and Blue Jackets captain Boone Jenner issued statements addressing the situation.

Mike Babcock

Babcock clarified,
"During meetings with our players and staff, I requested that they share family pictures from their phones as a way to build stronger connections. There was no ulterior motive."
He expressed disappointment with how the podcast portrayed these meetings, highlighting their significance.

Boone Jenner

Jenner supported Babcock's account, stating, "During my conversation with Babs, he inquired about my family, upcoming wedding, and hockey-related topics. He also asked if I had family photos, and I gladly shared some." Jenner viewed it as a positive step in developing team relationships and believed the situation was blown out of proportion.

Continued Debate

Despite these explanations, Bissonnette remains skeptical, urging Babcock to reconsider his approach. He claimed that many players had confirmed similar incidents, keeping the discussion alive within the hockey community.

While both sides have expressed their viewpoints, the controversy surrounding this incident continues to spark discussion and varying opinions among fans and players.
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Major Investigation Opens Regarding Mike Babcock and The Blue Jackets

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