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Jim Kelley on Ovi

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This latest mess is at least in part due to Ovechkin's many enablers, including an owner who is on record as saying that Ovechkin needs to "thine own self be true" and if the superstar wants to defy the league and play in the 2014 Olympics in Russia when the NHL has yet to commit to them, he will rent the plane and fly there with Ovechkin. It also applies to a coach who has been ridiculously supportive of indefensible hits, and to others in the organization who have helped create the idea that Ovechkin is above the game and put-upon by media "enemies." This has gone so far that at least one member of a national broadcast team was recently subjected to a tirade by a member of the Caps PR department when the broadcaster was actually singing Ovechkin's praises. Someone in Washington, very much like someone in the Commissioner's office, needs to learn how to lead. - Jim Kelley

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