If I knew a $2,500 fine was coming my way for giving the middle finger to 20,000 people that aren't too fond of me, I would likely milk that for all it's worth.
Apparently, Andrew Ference of the Boston Bruins doesn't have that same feeling, because after he flipped the bird at the Bell Centre crowd on Thursday night, he apologized in his post-game comments.
On Friday, the NHL handed down that $2,500 fine -- the maximum penalty for any type of obscene gesture. That's in accordance with League Rule 75.5(ii).
Seriously though, his comments after the game were hilarious. Via CSNNE.com:
"It looks awful; I just saw it," said Ference follwing the game. "I can assure you that's not part of my repertoire. I think my glove got caught up. I can assure you that's not part of who I am or what I ever have been. It looks awful. I admit it and I completely apologize to how it looks. I was putting my fist in the air. I'm sorry. It does look awful. I don't know what else to say."
"Honestly, I have no idea [how it happened]," he said. "It looks really bad. All I can do is tell you the truth, and [my finger getting stuck in my glove is] the truth.
"I totally agree it looks bad. I can assure you that's not who I am or ever will be. I was pumping my fist in the air. I don't score too many goals and that's about all I have in my [celebration] repertoire."
Yes, flipping the bird is all he has in his repertoire.
The facts are simple here. Ference flipped off an entire city Thursday. He doesn't want to admit that, even though he knew he was going to get this maximum fine a day later. Why not just say what you did? Why come up with the elaborate "my finger was somehow raised during my fist pump" lie?
You're already getting fined. Just go down with the (hilarious) ship.