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This Week in Freudenfreude: Maroon Shoots... and Scores

The nastiness towards one's fellow human beings that is encouraged by Trumpism often spills over into the non-political areas of life. And we'd be willing to bet a fair chunk of cash that Jack Edwards, who broadcasts hockey for NESN, is a Trump voter. Edwards is in the habit of saying needlessly nasty things about the players he's covering, like implying that a player who was injured badly deserved what he got.

This week, Edwards decided to have some "fun" at the expense of Tampa Bay Lightning player Pat Maroon, who is 6 feet tall and about 240 pounds. That's pretty big for a hockey player, particularly one who plays a "speed" position (Maroon plays left wing). So, Edwards remarked: "Listed at 238 pounds, that was day one of training camp. I got a feeling he's had a few more pizzas between then and now." The announcer returned to this theme multiple times, and later added "Inadvertent fasting for Pat Maroon is like four hours without a meal."

Fat-shaming is a bad look, especially for someone public-facing like Jack Edwards. Maroon, for his part, decided not to engage with the troll, though reporters gave him plenty of opportunity to do so. Instead, he did this:

In support of those struggling with mental health, bullying and body image I am making a 2,000 donation in the name of @realjackedwards to @TampaBayThrives and I encourage @TBLightning and @NHL fans to join me. Donate here:

— Pat Maroon (@patmaroon) November 30, 2022

If that's not taking the thoughtless words of a jerk, and making lemonade, we don't know what is. (Z)

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