Capitals’ Brendan Leipsic apologizes for ‘misogynistic’ social media comments

The NHL has been shut down because of the coronavirus, but that hasn’t stopped one of its players from getting into hot water on social media.

Washington Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic was forced to apologize Wednesday after images of vulgar and insulting messages sent from his Instagram account surfaced on social media.

Images of Leipsic’s private messages in an Instagram group chat that included Florida Panthers’ Jack Rodewald, which have not been independently confirmed, include misogynistic and profane language.

The screenshots can be seen in full via this thread on Twitter.

Leipsic said in his Twitter apology that his friend’s Instagram account was hacked but acknowledged that he was a part of the crude back and forth between the two NHL players.

“I fully recognize how inappropriate and offensive these comments are and sincerely apologize to everyone for my actions,” Leipsic’s statement read. “I am committed to learning from this and becoming a better person by taking time to determine how to move forward in an accountable, meaningful way. I am truly sorry.”

The NHL also sent out a statement condemning Leipsic’s actions.

“The National Hockey League strongly condemns the misogynistic and reprehensible remarks made by Brendan Leipsic and Jack Rodewald in a private group chat that has surfaced on social media,” the statement read. “There is no place in our League for such statements, attitudes and behavior, no matter the forum. We will address this inexcusable conduct with the clubs and players involved.”

The Capitals also released the following statement to the Washington Post: “We are aware of the unacceptable and offensive comments made by Brendan Leipsic in a private conversation on social media. We will handle this matter internally.”