Unethical reporting from Steve Simmons leads to speculation on a possible Leafs COVID-19 case

Let’s start with the shared statement from the Leafs that was made to Chris Johnston, one of the most respectable reporters in hockey.

A statement from the @MapleLeafs pic.twitter.com/Oj1v8i9wPp
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 19, 2020
Of course the story didn’t start that way, and instead we were treated to a “POSTMEDIA EXCLUSIVE” by Steve Simmons, shared by Steve Simmons identifying a specific player on the Leafs who he had heard from his sources has been infected with COVID-19.
Now I know you already know the player, but damned if we are going to feed into the any kind of mentality where it’s okay to:

Publicly share private medical information
Speculate on other possible cases
Go through any form of ridiculousness where we wonder how this impacts the Leafs.

We care a lot about hockey, probably too much, but an individual fighting a serious, potentially deadly virus is a bit more important than who will slot in where against the Blue Jackets in a month or so.
There are few things I can think of that are less ethical than sharing medical records, and for health organizations it& …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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