So, crazy story. The Pittsburgh Penguins have fired their entire medical staff. Ostensibly because of their treatment of some guy named Sidney Crosby and a problem with his head (I haven’t heard anything about this), the team announced today that they’d be sharing the blame equally.
Okay, that’s not really fair and I just felt like being snarky cause that’s kind of what I do. The Penguins are saying that the firings had nothing to do with the treatment of Crosby and it’s being reported that Crosby and his team of advisers have said they had nothing to do with anything that went down today.
Among those let go was Dr. Charles Burke, a neurosurgeon who had been with the Penguins organization since 1983, which only shows the power and influence that Crosby may have (which should not be surprising).
While I think I tend to believe (boy, I’m really taking a stand here) Crosby and the Penguins when they say that there was not a direct move to get rid of Burke and the rest of the staff but looking at the realities of Crosby’s injury, and more importantly the fact he was cleared to play to only injure himself more severely, you can kind of start to put two and two together.
I think it’s important to note that Crosby never spoke ill of the medical staff, at least publicly, but at the end of the day his career (and his health) were severely at risk in the last couple of seasons. The medical staff may not be totally to blame but they have to shoulder some of the responsibility. In two separate instances, Crosby was cleared to play just four days after a hit to the head which was followed by a missed diagnosis (though not a misdiagnosis) of a neck injury the following season. This simply has to speak to something resembling, if not incompetence, at least carelessness.
The staff may not be directly responsible, but blame needs to be placed somewhere. And if a situation comes down to a medical staff versus a once-in-a-lifetime superstar, how well do you think that’s going to work out for the doctors?
I don’t know about you, but I’m glad to see that the Pittsburgh Penguins deal with failure in the same manner as Aaron Sorkin. Hopefully this ends in Ray Shero berating Crosby for not doing enough to combat the apathy that has saturated our culture so. All-in-all, rough day to be a staff.