Sean Avery Needs Professional Help

by Kristine

Sean Avery has been suspended for six games, retroactive to Tuesday’s game, but the real story here is this…

Avery also agreed to seek professional anger-management evaluation and, if necessary, structured counseling in light of his pattern of behavior, which the NHL has deemed unacceptable and antisocial. press release

You know, I’ve been saying for a while now that his behavior at times really reminds me of somebody with antisocial personality disorder. The Mayo Clinic defines APD as “a type of chronic mental illness in which [a person’s] ways of thinking, perceiving situations and relating to others are dysfunctional.” Sounds about right, doesn’t it?

In any case, I’m a lot less interested in the league’s action than I am in seeing what the Stars decide. As I’m sure you’ve heard, they were trying to send him to the minors even before Tuesday’s SloppyGate, and the Moose already didn’t want him. In light of that, and the comments being made by the Stars Brass and veterans, it seems inevitable that Avery’s time as a Dallas Star is very, very limited. I’m going on the record now with my prediction: by the time his suspension is over – the last game of it is December 13 – the Stars will have found a way to get rid of him.

Update: Oh snap. In one of the more surprising turn of events so far, Tracey Myers has this quote from Brett Hull, about Avery needing professional help: “That was brought up by him. He made the phone call.” It’s easy to see why he might make that call. Imagine that you’ve got this image of yourself. You think you’re liked by the teams you play or have played for, that people see you as annoying to play against but still skilled, that you’re funny, and so on. Then this comes out, and you find out that people you play with are irritated by you instead of amused, that you really only have a job because you’re buddies with a GM who was willing to take a chance (and who is now fed up), and that a minor league team wouldn’t take you. I imagine the large disconnect would send at least some message through.


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