It's not like you just wake up in the morning and suddenly have a bad reputation. For professional hockey player Dan Carcillo, his reputation was pressed into metal by a lot of hard, hard work.
Things like racking up 324 penalty minutes in 54 games during the 2007-08 season with Phoenix. Or 311 penalty minutes in 51 games in the AHL in 2005-06. And sucker punching people in the face or cross-checking people in the face.
These are things that build a reputation, and you cannot just run from that reputation when it's convenient. That's what Carcillo tried to do on Saturday after being suspended two games for a hit on Carolina's Joni Pitkanen.
Via Brian Hedger of NHL.com, here's Carcillo on the suspension:
"There's not too much leeway for me in this League. Maybe give some serious thought into changing my last name or something. I have to respect what they think happened, because really nothing I say is going to help my case or change what happened."
Oh, here's a novel idea. When you've been suspended four times and you're consistently leading the league in penalty minutes and boneheaded plays, you don't get the benefit of the doubt.
Note: By the way, just for the record, I've defended Carcillo quite a bit in the past and think that unlike many other players that play his role, he can be a very valuable piece of a hockey team. After all, he has been playing with Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa. He just needs to stop being dumb and get his head on straight. It's not that difficult.