Paul Bissonnette issues a stern warning to the rest of the old school coaches following Babcock's resignation

Mike Armenti
September 19, 2023  (2:42 PM)

By now, just about everyone has heard the news that Mike Babcock has stepped down and resigned as head coach of the Blue Jackets following allegations from Spittin' Chiclets co-host Paul Bissonnette, claiming that Babcock was going through the phones of his players, scanning through their photos to learn what type of people they are.

On the most recent edition of the Spittin' Chiclets podcast, Bissonnette addressed the situation, clearing the air about the whole Babcock situation and calling for the media to leave the Blue Jackets players alone about this moving forward so they can focus on hockey - a pretty fair and reasonable request.
Bissonnette wasn't done, however, as he also issued a very stern warning to any old school coaches, GM's and anyone else who could be considered a member of "the old boys club". That message was simply that if you step out of line, you will be exposed and the Spittin' Chiclets podcast will not be gentle with them when they are.
"Never did I call for Babcock to get fired on the last podcast. I didn't give a flying f*** if he stuck around. Babcock's future didn't lie in my hands. It lied in the hands of the younger players, in which he did even worse s*** to, which didn't come out and that still had been under wraps. Probably because they want to protect these guys, when what they should be doing is focusing on hockey.

My biggest ask here moving forward is any media member that steps around the team. Don't ask them about this anymore. Leave these f***ing players alone. This happened before training camp. The right guy is in the position now, in Pascal Vincent.

If you're thinking, 'oh this is cancel culture'. NO! This is a guy who has been known to do this s***, doing the exact same s*** after going away for four years. Who just didn't learn his lesson. This guy does not deserve to be around the game, he doesn't deserve to be around these kids, and especially have control of their futures in the palm of his hands. He seems to really flex that power dynamic, has in the past, and will continue to do it if you give him another f***ing job.

We don't want to see these younger players go through this bull***t anymore and we think that with this situation coming out, it's going to send a message to that old boys club, the ones that are still around, that if you do step out of line again, we're gonna f***ing bend you over, no spit, no lube, sandpaper finish. That's it. That's all I've got to say on the subject."

Honestly, that message may seem harsh, but kudos to Bissonnette and company for using their platform to protect the younger players in the game. Bissonnette and the players from his era didn't have anyone standing up for them like that, nor would anyone probably have listened back then. Now, whether you want to call it "woke culture" or not, people want to be treated fairly. Not every single situation calls for an uprising of sorts, but this situation surely did and while not everyone agrees with how Bissonnette went about it, the result was the correct one, with Babcock exiting the NHL once again.
Paul Bissonnette issues a stern warning to the rest of the old school coaches following Babcock's resignation

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