Sean Avery punished … for promiscuity?

See if you can figure out what sort of a joke Dallas Stars forward Sean Avery is trying to say here. I’m still scratching my head and laughing over this one.

DALLAS (AP)–The NHL suspendedDallas StarsforwardSean Averyindefinitely Tuesday for making a crude reference to former girlfriends while talking with reporters.

Avery’s inflammatory comments came following a morning skate in Calgary, Alberta, where the Stars were to play the Flames on Tuesday night. He approached a group of reporters, asked if a camera was present, then said he wanted to say one thing: “I’m really happy to be back in Calgary; I love Canada,” he said. “I just want to comment on how it’s become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my (former girlfriends).”

He used a crass term to refer to ex-girlfriends now dating other people.

Avery’s ex-girlfriend, actress Elisha Cuthbert, is dating Calgary defensemanDion Phaneufand had been romantically linked toMike Komisarekof theMontreal Canadiens. Avery also dated model and actress Rachel Hunter, the girlfriend ofLos Angeles Kingscenter Jarrett Stoll.

Hours after Avery spoke, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced the punishment, saying Avery made “inappropriate public comments, not pertaining to the game.”

Avery will meet with Bettman before his punishment is settled. That get-together is likely to happen soon.

UPDATE: In the online publication Sporting News Today, it is revealed that Avery called his exes “sloppy seconds.” If you’ve dated all these women, what does that make you, Mr. Gender Equity?

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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