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 Posted: Sat Apr 25th, 2015 02:05 am
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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman caused some social media fireworks on Friday.

Bettman addressed a variety of issues at a meeting with sports editors and reporters in New York, and was asked specifically about Winnipeg Jets fans using a "Katy Perry" chant to taunt Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks.

Bettman says he doesn’t see Katy Perry chant as sexist. “Is it any different than when a player… is booed every time he touches the puck?”

— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) April 24, 2015
Sharon Terlep of the Wall Street Journal expands:

Bettman said the NHL has a track record of "diversity, inclusiveness and doing the right thing." He noted the league has a bigger female fan base compared to other professional leagues.

He likened the "Katy Perry" insult to calling a goalie a "sieve."

Another reporter, Sarah Kwak of Sports Illustrated, noted that "sieves don’t have feelings."

"You don’t see how taunting a player by calling them a woman could be sexist?," she said.

"I see the point but I don’t think it’s overly literal. Short of gagging everyone who comes to a game I’m not sure we can stifle that," he said.

The commissioner soon became a trending topic on Twitter, with decidedly negative feedback being expressed from all corners of the hockey world.