Last night in a fight, the Penguins’ Arron Asham KO’d the Capitals’ Jay Beagle. The fight started when Beagle was mixing it up with Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang, and Asham came to his teammates’ aid. Asham caught Beagle on the jaw with two straight rights, and Beagle went down. As he was lead to the penalty box, Asham signaled “he’s out” and a “go to sleep” motion, in which many fans considered taunting.
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After he realized Beagle was hurt, Asham gave him a stick tap from the penalty box. Asham said that he was pumped up and tried to get the crowd as well as his team going. He also added that he thought the “stuff afterward was uncalled for” and he takes full responsibility for it.
Beagle’s current teammate, and Asham’s former teammate, Mike Knuble defended Asham calling him an “honest player” and adding that he was just doing his job. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma added that “Arron is dead on when he said the emotions got the best of him. He was certainly jacked up for the situation and the fight. The gestures, he’s right. They were overboard, excessive and classless. I think immediately he felt remorse and regret.”
Asham is obviously sorry for the taunt, which was in the heat of the moment. He’s known as a tough, but not dirty, player. He does his job night in and night out and unfortunately a player was hurt while he was doing his job and he went a little overboard with excitement.