Washington Capitals striker Brendan Leipsic is apologizing after a private group chat that included misogynistic comments was released on Wednesday.
Screenshots of the chat with Leipsic, who is from Winnipeg, were posted to Instagram account @ angelszeee2020. This account has since deleted them, but they continue to circulate on social media.
In a statement on Twitter, Leipsic said his friend's account was hacked and acknowledged that he was part of those conversations.
"I fully acknowledge how inappropriate and offensive these comments are and sincerely apologize to everyone for my actions. I am committed to learning from it and becoming a better person, taking the time to determine how to move forward in a responsible and meaningful way. I really feel a lot, "said Leipsic.
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In a statement to CBC Sports, Capitals said it was investigating the situation.
"We are aware of the unacceptable and offensive comments made by Brendan Leipsic in a private conversation on social media. We will deal with this issue internally," the statement said.
Jack Rodewald, 26, also from Winnipeg, who has played 10 games with the Ottawa Senators since 2018, also participated in the group chat.
The NHL later released a statement saying it would address "inexcusable conduct in the future.
"The National Hockey League strongly condemns the misogynistic and reprehensible remarks made by players Brendan Leipsic and Jack Rodewald …. There is no place in our league for such statements, attitudes and behavior, regardless of the forum," the statement said.
Leipsic, 25, participated in four seasons on the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Vancouver Canucks, the Los Angeles Kings and the Capitals.
Mocks women, teammates
In an instance of group chat messages, Leipsic posted a photo of a former teammate's wife and wrote "look how fat she is", "lol".
Leipsic also refers to women as pigs and clarifies the weight of other women in several other messages.
He also insults other NHL players.
In one, he published a photo of Jake Virtanen, a Canucks striker, on vacation with friends, calling her "easily the worst team in the world".
He also posted a photo of Capitals teammates with the comment "they are losers".