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Ottawa Citizen rejects Ottawa Senators’ request to take down Uber video

09 November, 2018, 11:25 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • VIDEO Ottawa Senators Unaware of Rolling Camera Spend Uber Ride Ripping Team and Coaches

Matt Duchene and the Ottawa Senators are attempting to put the drama behind them after a viral video of him and some teammates criticizing the club and assistant coach Marty Raymond emerged online Monday.

Three of the Senators' top four scorers this season - Thomas Chabot, Chris Tierney and Matt Duchene - were all identified in the video. "So why do we even have a meeting?" he says.

Post Media shared the video on its YouTube page Monday night.

"We're passionate about our team, and focusing on growing together", the statement reads.

"Nothing is more important to us during this rebuild than making sure our players and coaches are fully committed to our plan, our values and our system of play", the statement said. The spokesperson said Uber helped "get this video removed" but did not say what sort of discipline the driver might face.

The players didn't seem to be aware that they were being recorded during the conversation, and the video never shows the driver acknowledging the camera mounted under his rearview mirror.

The players go on to mock assistant coach Martin Raymond, who handles the team's penalty-killing unit, in the five-minute clip that appears to have been recorded in the Phoenix area.

Uber Canada general manager Rob Khazzam said on his Twitter account that video taken of a private conversation without passenger consent is a "clear violation of our terms of service".

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The video, which has since been taken down, was recorded by a camera that was mounted by the rear-view mirror of a vehicle, according to a report by the Ottawa Citzen.

Negative headlines dogged the Senators last season, including a threat by owner Eugene Melnyk to move the team if ticket sales didn't improve.

While the Sens' penalty kill is a disaster (at 68.8 percent they sit at second-to-last in the NHL), their power play actually is seventh-best in the league (27.3 percent). "As a coaching staff and management and players, we're trying to form a bond that turns this team into the right direction and this is a hiccup, but I think we're on the right track of doing that".

"We have every confidence in Marty Raymond's coaching; in the effort and determination of our team; and in the sincerity of our players' apology".

Defenceman Mark Borowiecki admitted the Senators would have to deal with the "consequences" and "ramifications" of the video's release.

Head coach Guy Boucher also releasing a statement.

While it's certainly an embarrassing moment for the Senators and the Ottawa organization, Maurice said people should realize that such talk among players is not uncommon.

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