It’s a big story in Canuck land that Rick Rypien has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the Canucks due to personal issues. Unfortunately for some out there, the lack of explanation as to why Rick Rypien has left is not enough. There are some out there that feel that the Canucks forward and the Canucks organization need to specify the reason for his leave. To the some out there, I personally feel, Rypien or nor the Canucks need to explain anything to any of us.
There has been speculation of his mental wellness. There has been speculation of possible substance abuse or alcoholism. What is it really to us? Unless we’re willing to personally help Rypien through his personal reason, why are we so curious?
I was going through some hockey boards and this issue came up and some of the posters on a few of these boards were completely disrespectful with the accusations and their judgments on Rypien. Some of the comments were down-right mean and classless. To some of the posters on the Rypien thread on Calgary Flames fan board and another Canucks fan board, you people ought to be ashamed of yourselves. I will leave it at that.
We are all human, we all make mistakes, we all do wrong things and we all have to learn from our experiences. I know personally, I have done the aforementioned, and try live my life to better myself from my mistakes. Rick Rypien is no different from you or I. He just happens to have a job that is under a microscope in this city, and in our nation.
We all deserve privacy in matters that are happening our lives whether they are small or big. Generally, we don’t want everyone ‘getting up in our grill’ and making judgments of situations in our lives to which they are ignorant. Rick Rypien deserves that same respect. Not because he is a hockey player, not because he is a public figure but because he is a human being, like us.
Personally, this whole thing is a personal matter, and it should be treated as so. Let’s back off and stop pressing, assuming, speculating, accusing, and pointing fingers at Rick. Instead, let’s support him as good fans and more so as fellow humans. We’ll see you when you get back, Rick, but until then, keep fighting the good fight and good luck.
Justine Galo [tweetmeme]