The Washington Capitals have placed former Winterhawks wing Brendan Leipsic on unconditional waivers with the intention of his contract being terminated after private messages revealed misogynistic comments.
The Washington Capitals have placed Brendan Leipsic on unconditional waivers for purposes of terminating his contract.https://t.co/UnADibu2yQ— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) May 8, 2020
The Capitals forward came under fire after screenshots of the conversation leaked on Twitter.
They showed Leipic making derogatory comments about women and their appearances that were sexual in nature.
The Capitals forward also made some remarks about current and former teammates.
Brendan Leipsic even called out his former teammates on the Canucks, like Virtanen, and his current teammates on the Capitals. pic.twitter.com/huuzLxwRHz— Leah Kessel (@leahflame) May 6, 2020
The Capitals front office denounced Leispsic’s comments immediately. So, too, did the NHL, which released a statement regarding the situation.
Statement from the National Hockey League. pic.twitter.com/aZm1M2wZBk— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 7, 2020
Leipsic later took to his personal social media and apologized for the comments that he made.https://twitter.com/19LEIP/status/1258173279946199040
During his career with the Winterhawks, Leipsic scored 120 points in 68 games to win the CHL Top Scorer Award as the highest-scoring player in the Canadian Hockey League.
Leipsic was finishing out a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Capitals before he was cut. He scored three goals and eight assists in 61 games this season.
He will head to the offseason as a restricted free agent.