Like the Dallas Cowboys' controversial wide receiver, Kessel has had trouble with teammates in the past. He can be a me-first player who sometimes neglects the other four skaters on his side. He's been dogged by allegations of underage drinking, and he has a tendency to talk first and think later in front of the cameras.
I guess you can say "maybe" to the first three accusations, but what about the talk first and think later accusation? Now if I were the average NHL fan that didn't know much about Kessel, I'd want to see some examples of controversial things he has said. I've followed Kessel a fair amount and I can't think of any Terrell Owens-like statements, so seeing some examples would be nice. The only problem is the article doesn't have any examples of things he has said.
It's really disappointing to see a writer from a major magazine make a bunch of accusations about a kid, and not have any quotes or examples to back it up. I've been critical of Kessel for certain things over the past year, but this article was way off the mark.
On the flipside, CSTV's Eliot Olshansky wrote a great article about Kessel that makes the Sports Illustrated piece look even sillier.
"I'm not a guy that likes all the big hoopla and attention like that," Kessel said.
Terrell Owens indeed.
The rest of the article is very good as well, and I definitely recommend reading it.