The Nationwide Girls’s Hockey League criticized Barstool Sports activities CEO Erika Nardini on Tuesday, saying in a press release that girls’s hockey followers and journalists “may very well be focused or harassed on social media” after they had been referred to as out in a video Nardini launched.
Nardini has promoted the NWHL by means of Barstool Sports activities, together with having Metropolitan Riveters gamers Kelly Babstock and Rebecca Russo on her Token CEO podcast. However her assist of the league has come below hearth from some within the ladies’s hockey neighborhood due to documented incidents of misogyny, racism and harassment in Barstool Sports activities’ historical past.
Nardini responded to that outrage on Monday by posting a video devoted to “the haters” that featured the names and photographs of her critics from their social media accounts, whereas touting her personal advocacy for the game and her need to sooner or later buy an NWHL franchise.
The video was met with extra outrage, however this time Nardini’s critics had been joined by a number of NWHL gamers. The primary participant to talk out was Riveters rookie Saroya Tinker, one of many league’s few gamers of shade, who posted a message on Twitter.
“There is no such thing as a circumstance the place it will be acceptable to name out lots of the reporters, employees members and followers who’ve given a lot to ladies’s hockey, particularly realizing that these folks may very well be focused or harassed on social media,” NWHL commissioner Tyler Tumminia stated in a press release. “I am involved in regards to the influence of the video and the aftermath of it on members of the NWHL household. Collectively, we are going to do all the things we will to work by means of it with open communication and transparency.”
Nardini stated in a subsequent video produced by Barstool on Tuesday that she ran the clip addressing her critics previous “folks near the NWHL,” regardless of her personal reservations about posting it.
“What the video had was all of the journalists and bloggers who do not like Barstool … I referred to as them out. I suppose I am not supposed to do this as a result of I, as a girl, could be referred to as out and I am imagined to take it. This morning, I received instructed I ought to apologize for it, which is bulls—,” she stated within the video.
Regardless of her acknowledged curiosity, the NWHL instructed ESPN that there has by no means been a proper software for staff possession from Nardini or Barstool Sports activities, or any monetary association between them and the league. When requested in her video about the way forward for these possession prospects, Nardini stated, “I do not know if they will let me purchase a staff,” earlier than pondering if she ought to begin her personal ladies’s league.
Tumminia appeared to formalize that sentiment in her assertion.
“Like each skilled sports activities league, the NWHL has a proper software and evaluate course of for potential house owners and this can proceed to be strictly adhered to,” she stated. “We’ve got obtained inquiries from a number of teams serious about buying golf equipment, however the NWHL is not going to promote a membership to anyone who shouldn’t be absolutely supportive of this League’s values.”
The NWHL is knowledgeable ladies’s hockey league based in 2015. It added its sixth franchise, the Toronto Six, for the 2021 season.