Was sidney Crosby really bullied as a child?
horribly. from the primer:
He joined the Timbits hockey team at age 5, and gave his first interview at AGE 7!! This boy has been attracting attention with his skills since he was a wee one. BUT!!!! Not all the attention was good. From a very young age, he was constantly harassed by other players and their parents. Here, a quote from Sid: “I remember being in Pee-Wee [12 yo], a guy trying to break my leg. It wasn’t even during a play: I was going to a face-off, and a guy just two-handed it right at my knee—like a baseball bat.”
And there’s these awful tidbits: “During one provincial playoff game, when Sidney was 8, he scored five goals, and a man in the stands called him a bum with no skills and yelled at him to go home.”(x) “Men in the stands, frustrated at the way Crosby overshadowed their sons, would yell about breaking his neck, how he was going to get killed.”
Let’s take it to Mama and Papa Crosby for some more heart breaking quotes: “Sometimes there was nothing said, but you still felt it,” Trina said. “Something like that happened every year and it got worse. There were so many comments. People said Troy pushed him too hard. It wasn’t everyone, but there were a lot.” [The taunts at the rinks moved Sidney to tears a few times. It was confusing to a kid who was talented and had just been taught to try his hardest.] “It wasn’t healthy for him to play here, physically or emotionally,” Troy said. “He was taking a beating on the ice. Grown men and women were yelling at him, wanting to see him harmed. They cheered dirty hits. If he’d come back the following year, he would have been killed.”
YEAH WHAT THE FUCK RIGHT???? Because of all the bullying and harassment, Sid’s parents sent him to Shattuck-Saint Mary’s, a boarding school in Minnesota that’s been referred to as the “Hogwarts of Hockey”