Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner.
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Toronto media reaches new low after intentionally misquoting Marner

Published April 6, 2024 at 1:09 PM

The media in Toronto has been well-known to give players a hard time, no matter if you play for the Maple Leafs, Raptors or Toronto FC. This weekend, a member of the media intentionally misquoted Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner, a move that isn't sitting well with fans of the team.

Dave Alter, a writer for The Hockey News, put out and article in what can only be described as a hit piece on Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner, who has been critical of the media in Toronto.

In his article, Alter goes off on Marner, saying his "constant callbacks to media criticism are tiresome". He added that Marner hasn't addressed any member of the media in Toronto with his criticism, rather just painting everyone with the same brush, telling him that he needs to look in the mirror to decide whether or not that is the right approach to take.

During the article, Marner gives a quote on how the media have been not so kind to goaltender Ilya Samsonov this season when he was struggling and Alter took that and intentionally misquoted the Maple Leafs forward for his title.

"Amazed at the spin on this quote. The article comes off like Marner is an a**hole to the media and the quote is cut in a way to provide that narrative.

Instead Marner shows leadership, defends his guy, and praises how far he's come. Wouldn't be shocked to see a backtrack today." One Maple Leafs fan said on X.

The media in Toronto have been like this for years and it likely won't be stopping any time soon. There's nothing wrong with being critical of a player and asking questions relating to that, a reporter absolutely has the right to do that. But going as far as intentionally misquoting a player just because he's had criticism with the media this season is quite frankly disgusting.

Mitch Marner will make his return to the lineup on Saturday night against the Montreal Canadiens after a 12-game absence with a lower-body injury.
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