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Everyone knows that conversations in the Uber ride home belong in a vacuum. Reality is warped during that 15-20 minute drive through the dark city streets when you and your bestie are loudly replaying what went down at the bar while the driver sits in silence, soaking it all in. But what if your backseat gossip sessions were released without your knowledge, shown for the entire world to see? That’s what happened to Ottawa Senators players Thomas Chabot, Dylan DeMelo, Matt Duchene, Alex Formenton, Chris Tierney, Chris Wideman and Colin White when a leaked dash cam video of the NHLers featured some less-than heartwarming commentary about their team and coaches.

Sitting in the Uber, the players trash-talk the coaching skills of Assistant Coach Martin Raymond, and criticize the team’s ineffective penalty kill. They boast about not paying attention during team meetings and question the need for a meeting at all due to the lack of change in the team. The five-minute clip was taken in Phoenix, Arizona during an October west-coast road trip.

The players have released an apology on social media and in a press release, stating “We want to apologize publicly to Marty Raymond, our teammates and coaches for our comments in Phoenix, Arizona on October 29. Our private conversation was recorded without our knowledge or consent. We’re passionate about our team, and focusing on growing together. We are grateful for the support of our fans and organization. This is an important learning experience, and we will do better.”

The organization’s head coach Guy Boucher also released a statement, reading “Nothing is more important to us during this rebuild than making sure our players and coaches are fully committed to our plan, our values and our system of play. We have every confidence in Marty Raymond’s coaching; in the effort and determination of our team; and in the sincerity of our players’ apology. We are now treating this as a team matter, and will be making no further comment to the media.

The Senators have been knee-deep in scandals lately, from the wife of former captain Erik Karlsson filing a restraining order against player Mike Hoffman’s wife to a threat from the owner Eugene Melnyk to move the team due to poor ticket sales. Do you think this will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back? Or are these players right to mock their boss in private? Let us know!