U.S. hockey player apologizes for tweet slamming Buffalo
By Sean Fitz-Gerald, Postmedia News
December 28, 2010
Emerson Etem has apologized for referring to Buffalo as a "ghost town" on Twitter, where the comment sparked outrage around the world junior championship host city.
Photograph by: Harry How, Getty Images
BUFFALO, New York -- A member of the U.S. junior hockey team has apologized for referring to Buffalo as a "ghost town" on Twitter, where the comment sparked outrage around the world junior championship host city.
Forward Emerson Etem, who plays for the Medicine Hat Tigers in the Western Hockey League, addressed reporters on Tuesday morning.
"My point to get across was not to put down a great host city like this," he said. "I know a lot of people put in time and effort to make this thing possible. For me, it's the middle of winter -people aren't out and it's really cold outside."
Late Monday afternoon, Etem wrote: "much needed day off, buffalo is a ghost town!! the worst city ever, it makes Medicine Hat look like paradise, never thought ide say that."
The U.S. is set to play Slovakia at HSBC Arena Tuesday night.
Etem, who is from Long Beach, California, drew scorn from Buffalo-area residents on Twitter Monday night. The offending Tweet has since been deleted.
"It was a poorly written Tweet by me," Etem said. "Sorry for the confusion and, yeah, I just kinda want to move on."
Team officials moved to curtail his interview session after a couple of minutes.
"I love Buffalo," U.S. coach Keith Allain said. "My wife and family have come. They've enjoyed it tremendously. They've gone to see Niagara Falls, and I think we'd like to come back in the summertime."
Allain was aware of Etem's quote.
"He's a young kid, and he's a really good kid, and he's got great character," he said. "We've all made mistakes."
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