Family of referee Wes McCauley got threats when Maple Leafs played Lightning in NHL playoffs: Source https://t.co/KvBg5C4W04
– Toronto Star Sports (@StarSports) May 7, 2023
In 2004, Keefe was part of a legal case against David Frost, his former coach and agent, accused of sexual abuse. 12 charges of sexual exploitation were filed against Frost, who spent $200,000 on a lawyer before being found not guilty. Keefe’s former teammate, Michael Danton, was arrested by the FBI for attempting to hire a hit man to eliminate Frost.
David Frost, now Jim McCauley, is Wes’ brother-in-law.
Maple Leafs fans are crying conflict of interest. Rightly or wrongly, it’s up to you. Of course, there are limits to criticism, and several fans have crossed the line quite obviously.
“The referees have no impact on the game. It’s not my focus. Wes has treated me like a professional in this league and I appreciate that very much.”
Sheldon Keefe, asked about his relationship with Wes McCauley: “Officials don’t have any impact on the game and it’s not my focus. Wes has treated me like a true professional the whole time that I’ve been in this league and I’ve been very appreciative of that.” https://t.co/s5din567yy
– Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 7, 2023
That doesn’t really answer the question, and that’s his right.
Nevertheless, many would argue that it’s not true that officials don’t affect games. Penalties have an impact on momentum, whether positive or negative, and playoff officiating, where we’re more permissive, is certainly an issue to consider.
Anyway… Wes McCauley will referee tonight’s game. In your opinion, should the league remedy this situation?
In a gust
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– That’s right.