Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price
has found himself in a bit of hot water this week after supporting a firearm company that endorsed the 1989 Polytechnique Massacre.
Price recently posted a photo with a gun on social media with a message in support of a gun lobbying group that used "POLY" as a discount code. The massacre's anniversary is coming up on December 6, and the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR) decision to use that promo code is puzzling.
"I love my family, I love my country and I care for my neighbour. I am not a criminal or a threat to society. What [Prime Minister Justin Trudeau] is trying to do is unjust. I support the [CCFR] to keep my hunting tools," Price wrote.
On Monday, the president of the company, Groupe CH, that owns the Canadiens, claimed that Price was not aware of the massacre at the time of the post.
"He was not aware of the tragic events of Dec. 6, 1989, nor of the coalition's recent marketing initiatives," Bélanger told Radio-Canada in an email.
Now, Price has released a statement on Twitter regarding this crazy string of events.
"My views are my own and I do believe in them. The only reason I bring up this issue is because it is what's being brought up now and not out of disrespect to anyone. No, I did didn't agree with the promotional code either."
Although, Price released this statement, there are fans still unhappy with the context of his tweet.
More statements and questioning will likely follow, but for now it seems that Price has some work to do to get out of this hole he has dug.