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Lightning head coach Jon Cooper faces controversy for 'sexist' remarks


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April 30, 2024  (11:06)
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Jon Cooper post game interviews following elimination
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The Tampa Bay Lightning's playoff journey ended in controversy in Game 5 against the Florida Panthers.

Disallowed goals due to goalie interference sparked heated debate.
But the controversy was further fueled by coach Jon Cooper's remarks on the NHL's rulings. Cooper's analogy, suggesting goalies should "wear skirts" if they're not subjected to physical challenges like other players, ignited online discussions.
''There was maybe incidental contact at most... net front battles aren't allowed anymore? That's part of everybody's game... it's like prison rules in the playoffs, but it's not prison rules for the goalies? We might as well put skirts on them then if that's how it's gonna be, I mean they have to battle through stuff too. It's a war down there and I think we're letting the goalies off the hook.''- Jon Cooper

Opinions differ on whether his comments were passionate venting or crossed a line, some referring to this as 'sexist' on the platform X (formerly twitter).
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