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Fined for Berating Reporter; Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Phil Esposito Will Pay $10,000 for Expletive-Filled Rant against Female Reporter

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Fined for Berating Reporter; Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Phil Esposito Will Pay $10,000 for Expletive-Filled Rant against Female Reporter

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Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Phil Esposito was fined $10,000 last week and sternly reprimanded by the National Hockey League for his obscenity-laced tirade against a female reporter from the Asbury Park (N.J.) Press.

Sports reporter Kisha Ciabattari was attempting a postgame interview with Esposito in the visitor's locker room following Tampa Bay's loss during the NHL playoffs at Philadelphia's Spectrum Arena.

When Ciabattari asked to speak with the former New York Ranger and NHL Hall of Famer, he spun around and had let loose a barrage of stinging insults.

The following is Ciabattari's recollection of the confrontation:

Ciabattari: "Phil, do you have a second?"

Esposito: "I woudn't f - ing talk with you if you were the last person on earth.'

Ciabattari: "Well, I guess that makes me lucky."

Esposito: "F - k you, you little s - t."

Ciabattari shrugs.

Esposito: "Who do you work for? Get the f - k out of here."

As Ciabattari walked away to interview another player, Esposito told her to "Go s - k a d - k."

Ciabattari' was prepared to dismiss the incident, but a reporter for the St. Petersburg Times wrote about the diatribe in the next day's newspaper.

The Press sent a letter of protest to the NHL and the Tampa Bay team. Later that day, Esposito telephoned Ciabattari and John Quinn, Press managing editor for sports, to apologize for his tantrum.

Esposito was fined the maximum amount allowed under NHL bylaws.

In a letter to the Press, expressing regret on behalf of the NHL, commissioner Gary Bettman said "The National Hockey. …

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