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Gary Bettman takes shot at NFL that totally won't backfire on him

He says that NHL players "know what's right and wrong" -- while insinuating that NFL players do not.

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Gary Bettman was in Los Angeles to see the Kings raise their Stanley Cup banner on Wednesday night, and during a pregame press conference, he insinuated that, unlike NFL players, NHL players know the difference between right and wrong.

The full quote has Bettman discussing the league's current policy regarding domestic violence, substance abuse and other issues. But in the end, his basic summation is that "hey, we're good" and "our players conduct themselves better than those in other sports."

"So I'm not sure for us there is any need for any code of conduct other than our players, who overwhelming conduct themselves magnificently off the ice -- we deal with it on a case by case basis. I don't think we need to formalize anything more. Our players know what's right and wrong, and as I said, we have the mechanisms in place to hopefully not get to that point."

While it's true that NHL players have an arrest rate lower than athletes in the other major sports, this is an odd conclusion for a number of reasons. A sample of those reasons:

You get the idea. NHL players know right from wrong, though. Yep.