The Washington Capitals have placed Brendan Leipsic on unconditional waivers for purposes of terminating his contract, the team announced Friday.
Leipsic set off an NHL firestorm on Wednesday after private Instagram conversations containing vulgar and misogynistic comments leaked on Twitter.
Leipsic has apologized, while statements from the Capitals and NHL lend credence to the veracity of the leaks. The comments have been scrubbed from social media, but as tends to be the case with the internet, screenshots live on.
Florida Panthers forward Jack Rodewald also took part in the group chat. The NHL condemned both players in a statement released Wednesday evening.
“The National Hockey league strongly condemns the misogynistic and reprehensible remarks made by players Brendan Leipsic and Jack Rodewald in a private group chat that has surfaced on social media,” the statement reads. “There is no place in our league for such statements, attitudes and behavior, no matter the forum. We will address this inexcusable conduct with the clubs and players involved.”
The Capitals also acknowledged the leaked messages in a statement provided to the Washington Post.
“We are aware of the unacceptable and offensive comments made by Brendan Leipsic in a private conversation on social media,” the statement read. “We will handle this matter internally.”
Leipsic owned up to the comments in an apology Wednesday afternoon. He released the apology after the Capitals statement and prior to the NHL’s.
“Yesterday my friend’s Instagram was hacked and an individual circulated images that are representative of private conversations I was a part of,” Leipsic wrote. “I fully recognize how inappropriate and offensive these comments are and sincerely apologize to everyone for my actions.
“I am committed to learning from this and becoming a better person by taking time to determine how to move forward in an accountable, meaningful way. I am truly sorry.”
— Information from Yahoo! Sports was used in this report.