Wednesday, August 6, 2008

More explanation of The Emery Saga

As pointed out over at Black Aces, there is a great article about He Who Must Not Be Named over on ESPN. It delves into his personal issues and his reasons for departure a lot more than the interview on TSN's Off The Record did. Here's an excerpt, but there's a lot more to the article, so I recommend reading the whole thing.

[Ray] Emery, himself, said it's less about being angry than about having too much, too soon, too easily.

"Things have always come easily to me. I want everything and I want it easily," he said.

A year ago, after offseason wrist surgery, things didn't come easily, and Emery said he wasn't prepared to do the work.

"Obviously, I've had bad games. I've had bad days, rough weeks. But [I had] never had a bad year, like, on every level. Nothing went well," Emery said. "I had no fun. I didn't play well. I didn't accept responsibility. I ended up with a failing grade on every level."

Emery said his visiting a therapist wasn't specifically to address anger-management issues, although he's been involved in anger-management programs in the past.

"It was good to talk about things," he said.

In fact, he said, if he'd been angry, he'd have quit. But he didn't.

"I just tried to get back to where I came from. I'm not a rock star. I'm a kid from Hamilton. I'm trying to be a bit more down-to-earth," Emery said.

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