DALLAS (AP) — Tyler Seguin wants to become the new face of the Dallas Stars. He’ll have to wipe a little egg off it first.
That process started at an introductory news conference Tuesday when the dynamic young forward with a penchant for Twitter controversy apologized again for an anti-gay comment that showed up on his account over the weekend.
The 21-year-old former No. 2 overall pick also reiterated that his account was hacked — but acknowledged that even he wouldn’t believe that explanation if it came from someone else.
Timing was a problem, too. The tweet showed up within a week of Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli saying Seguin needed to be a “better pro” — and just two days after he was traded to the Stars. The Twitter comment could be viewed as anti-Texas, too.
“I understand why that would have been the perfect time for somebody to do that,” said Seguin, who has suspended his account. “I’m looking forward to moving on and earning the respect of everyone else.”
Seguin acknowledged he was the source of a gay slur on Twitter in April. He said he “wasn’t thinking” then and that his Twitter account has since been hacked twice. He says his phone was in his pocket each time it happened, and multiple accounts, including email and iTunes, were improperly accessed.
New Stars general manager Jim Nill says he is taking the centerpiece of his first major trade at his word. It’s not often a player goes on the block just three years after going No. 2 in the draft, but there have been reports that the Bruins weren’t happy with Seguin’s exploits off the ice.
“Who are we to judge when you don’t know,” Nill said. “And I think that why I’m excited about today is I think it’s a great chance for Tyler to turn the page. He’s starting a new career here in Dallas. We had a great talk about it. He’s the only one that knows what happened. I just think it’s time to move on and go from there.”