Thursday, February 14, 2013

Statement Analysis: Matt Cooke


Is Matt Cooke telling the truth?

He has a lengthy history of dirty hits and injuring players.  Was this just an unlucky accident, or did he deliberately cut the Senators' star player?  

Matt Cooke's own words will tell us the truth.  
Statement Analysis is in bold type. 
PITTSBURGH -- The Ottawa Senators lost a lot more than a game.
Star defenceman Erik Karlsson went down with a left Achilles injury when he was cut by a skate blade late in the second period in the Senators' 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
"It's a tough blow," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "Obviously, the way he's playing and how much he means to our team, it feels terrible and I feel really bad for him."
The Norris Trophy winner last season as the NHL's top defenceman, Karlsson was cut by Penguins forward Matt Cooke's skate blade as the two tangled along the boards. The Senators said Karlsson will need surgery.
"We all know who's involved in it," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said about Cooke. "That's just the way it is. The injury to Erik was unfortunate and it happens on a nothing play that could've potentially been whistled down."
Cooke has been suspended several times for much criticized hits, some of them involving head-shots that injured opposing players. In 2011, Cooke was suspended for the Penguins' final 10 regular-season games and the first round of the Playoffs after an elbow to the head of New York Rangers' defenceman Ryan McDonagh.
Please note that a dirty hit on Boston star Marc Savard ended Savard's career; impacting his life (concussion) and his team.  Karlson is the star of his team. 
Karlsson fell to the ice and was in visible pain after tangling with Cooke. He needed help getting back to the bench and displayed frustration, throwing his stick against the boards before disappearing down the runway.
"Him and I were engaged and he went down screaming," Cooke said. "I didn't even know what happened. It's a complete accident and obviously I feel terrible about it. It has happened a few times over the past couple years and it's scary."
Passivity in language seeks to conceal identity or responsibility.  "The gun went off..." is an example of passivity.  In "the gun went off" the subject avoids telling who pulled the trigger.  If someone does not know, then the passivity is appropriate.  

Note here that Cooke uses passive language twice:
a.  "he went down" is passive.  He avoids telling us what caused him to go down.  Does he not know, since he was there?  
b.  "It has happened..."

He avoids telling us how it happened in the past.  Was he involved?  Was it from his skate? Or were these incidents in which he was not present and did not have knowledge of?  If so, why mention it?
c.  Note that which is in the negative is sensitive:  "I didn't even know what..."
d.  Note that the negative sentence is made additionally sensitive: "even"
e.  Note that it as an "accident" is made sensitive by the additional word, "complete"  This additional word weakens the assertion that it was an accident, as it shows his need for emphasis. 
f.  Note that the word "obviously" is also sensitive as he expects us to take something without question. 
There are enough indicators within his statement to conclude that Cooke is not truthful about what he did to the Senator's star player. 

When considering allowing this dangerous player to continue to play in the league, NHL dead of discipline, Brendan Shanahan should read this analysis, or put Matt Cooke up on a polygraph and learn the truth.  

It is unknown how Marc Savard, and his family, suffers today.  Suffice to say that his life was altered, against his will, and he would likely still be playing today if not for the deliberate head =hunting hit by Matt Cooke. 

15 comments:

john said...

OT..Peter i dont no if you have anylised this statement by Mark Redwine.

Dylan Redwine’s Father Confirms Appearance On Dr. Phil With Ex-Wife
February 13, 2013 5:3o

DURANGO, Colo. (CBS4)- The father of missing Colorado teenager Dylan Redwine said he believes his son is still alive and the family has plans to appear on the Dr. Phil show.

“I have NO REASON NOT TO BELIEVE that (he’s alive),” said Mark Redwine.

Dylan, 14, disappeared in Southern Colorado nearly three months ago — the Monday before Thanksgiving. There are very little clues to his disappearance.

“It’s FRUSTRATING for ALL of us BECAUSE there’s so little to go on,” said Mark Redwine. “The tensions are very high between ALL of US.”

Dylan vanished while visiting his father in Vallecito, outside Durango. He lived with his mother in Colorado Springs and was on a court-ordered visit with his father.

Mark Redwine said he’s still working with search crews.

“BASICALLY they want to come up here and eliminate the Vallecito area as a possibility for where Dylan could be so WE can focus OUR search EFFORTS on other places that he could POSSIBLY be,” said Mark Redwine.

Without any clues there are still countless unanswered questions. The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office said it doesn’t have a suspect.

A divided family is in the middle of the tragic situation.

“My ex-wife and I both agree that Dylan is not the kind of kid that would run away BUT I also THINK that there’s a POSSIBILITY that Dylan was TORN between his parents,” said Mark Redwine.

“MY fear is he’s out there somewhere, able to see what’s going on and he sees the conflict going on between his MOM AND I,” said Mark Redwine. “I THINK that’s a huge concern. But who knows what goes through a 13-year-old’s head.”

Dylan’s 14th birthday was last week. Dozens gathered to celebrate in Monument in his absence with cake and balloons, holding out hope he will be found soon.

The entire family said they just want their youngest member to come home.

“We don’t know where Dylan’s at. We have NO IDEA where Dylan’s at. IT could be anywhere.”

Mark Redwine told CBS4 he plans to appear on the Dr. Phil show with his ex-wife and the group that is leading the search as early as next week.

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2013/02/13/dylan-redwines-father-confirms-appearance-on-dr-phil-with-eDylan Redwine’s

john said...

There is also a brief interview with a reporter.

Skeptical said...

Was "NHL dead of discipline, Brendan Shanahan..." a Freudian slip. If so,
it is so appropriate and funny since Matt Cooke is still committing mayhem in the league.

Hobnob said...

off topic and WOW!

Paralympic and Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in South Africa.

Her body was discovered at the athlete's home in the Silver Woods country estate in eastern Pretoria, South African police said.

Initial reports in the South African media suggested Miss Steenkamp was apparently shot as she woke him, trying to surprise him on Valentine's Day, and was mistaken for an intruder.

But police said the shooting was being treated as a murder investigation and that they were "very surprised" by the reports which they said did not come from them.

Brigadier Denise Beukes confirmed the couple were the only ones present in the house at the time of the shooting, and that there had been previous incidents at the premises including "allegations of a domestic nature".

"There are witnesses and they have been interviewed this morning. We are talking about neighbours and people that heard things earlier in the evening and when the shooting took place," she said.

Pistorius was arrested on Thursday morning following the shooting and taken to hospital for a medical examination..

He was due at Pretoria Magistrate's Court this afternoon on a murder charge, but prosecutors said his appearance had been delayed until Friday morning to give forensic officers time to carry out their work.

The 26-year-old is alleged to have shot his 30-year-old model girlfriend in the head and upper body.

Paramedics were called to his home between 4am and 5am local time.

Police arrived shortly afterwards and a 9mm pistol was recovered from the scene.

They said they would be opposing bail when the suspect appears in court.

"The deceased was shot four times and died on the scene. It is believed that she was the girlfriend of the accused," said police spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale.

Miss Steenkamp's body was removed by a hearse at around 8am.

Pistorius and Miss Steenkamp are believed to have started seeing each other in November.

His father, Henke Pistorius, said: "I haven't seen him. He is with the police and the matter is in the hands of the authorities. Obviously we are shocked.

"He is obviously emotional, but he is fine," he added.

There had been speculation the shooting may have been a Valentine's Day surprise gone wrong.

South African journalist Kalay Maistry told Sky News: "It is alleged that he thought his girlfriend, who'd come in to try to surprise him for Valentines Day, was an intruder. It’s alleged that he shot her at least twice in the arm and head.

"I think what this actually highlights is the level of fear ordinary South Africans have.

"This is a man who has gone to bed, it's an innocent surprise from a girlfriend … and the moment he thinks someone is trying to break in he grabs his gun.

"This has come as a complete surprise for a man who's considered a national hero," she added.

Miss Steenkamp, a top South African model and a law graduate from Port Elizabeth, was active on Twitter just 14 hours before.

She tweeted: "What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow??? #getexcited #ValentinesDay"

In response to someone else's plans, she said: "That sounds amazing! Wow that's what it's all about! It should be a day of love for everyone :) may it be blessed!"

Her publicist Sarit Tomlinson said the family was "shocked" and "devastated" by the news.

She described Miss Steenkamp as "the sweetest human being" and "a talented and bright young girl", adding that the couple had a "healthy, fabulous relationship".

Photos of the model appeared in newspapers at the weekend, when she described Pistorius as an impeccable man who always had her best interests at heart.

Hobnob said...

The Johannesburg-born athlete, known as the "Blade Runner", made history in 2012 when he became the first amputee to compete in the Olympics.

He won gold in the 400m and another in the 4x400m relay at the Paralympic Games.

The athlete had both legs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old, because of a congenital condition, and runs on carbon fibre blades.

Last year Time Magazine named him as one of the world's 100 most influential people.

His London-based agent, Kate Silvers, said she would not be commenting at this stage, but would be issuing a statement later.

Silver Woods, situated in the country's capital, is a high security gated complex with a 3 metre high wall, electric fence, a guarded entrance and regular patrols.

South Africa has some of the world's highest rates of violent crime with an average of nearly 50 people murdered each day.

Some home-owners carry weapons to defend themselves against intruders. According to statistics, nearly 13 in every 100 people in the country own a gun, and it is estimated there are almost six million civilian firearms.

Pistorius, like many fellow South Africans, appeared to have serious concerns about his safety, and reportedly kept a revolver at his bedside and a machine gun by his window, as well as a cricket bat and baseball bat behind his bedroom door.

South Africa's M-Net cable TV channel said it was pulling an advertising campaign featuring Pistorius off air with immediate effect.

Runner’s World magazine editor Mike Finch, speaking from South Africa, told Sky News: "If anybody can overcome this sort of thing it's probably Oscar.

"He's had to deal with a lot in his life. He had a mother that died when he was very young, he obviously has his disability, but yet he's been amazing from a South African perspective as an ambassador.

"There is a certain school of people that don't particularly like him, but I think today everybody has kind of rallied round him."

South Africa's Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee said the organisation was in no position to comment, "other than to say our deepest sympathy and condolences have been expressed to the families of all concerned".

UN figures show that in South Africa, just over 17 people are killed by gun crime per 100,000 people.

The highest gun death rate in the world is in Honduras with 68 deaths per 100,000. In the USA, the figure stands at 2.97 deaths, while in the UK it is 0.1.

http://news.sky.com/story/1051959/oscar-pistorius-charged-with-murder

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sidewalk super said...

matt cooke, meet jodi arias.
Why is this lethal weapon still on the ice?

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Peter Hyatt said...

Anyone think the analysis is a bit 'weak'?

Anonymous said...

I think the author took tablets before"writing"this piece.

BostonLady said...

I remember the incident with Savard. Wasn't Matt Cooke going to be brought up on charges for the assault?

Hobnob said...

It has happened a few times over the past couple years and it's scary."

What is the IT her refers to that has happened a few time? he doesn't tell us so we can't assume.

What is scary about the IT he hasn't told us about?

Is it scary to the recipient never knowing if the injury is career ending or life threatening or is it scary to the agressor in that he doesn't know if he has gone too far and could face a career ending ban or worse a career ending/lifechanging lawsuit?.

he is a danger to other players, he thinks with his fists and skates rather than with his head. Win at all costs and if someone gets injured well it happens all the time, blame it on an accident and hope for the best and have a damn good lawyer ready

Lis said...

Yes, it's "scary"- to the guys who have to play against him.

Anonymous said...

You aren't a Sens far, are you? Biggest load of crap I have ever read, surely you don't have an agenda right? This is just good old fashioned reporting.

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