Nashville Predators forward Rocco Grimaldi is doing his part to combat fake news on Twitter.

After the Preds 5-4 loss to the Sharks on Tuesday, an online hockey website implied that Grimaldi was disrespecting the Sharks after the game, calling them a “middle of the pack team.”

The problem was that the article left out the entire quote, removing its context and changing Grimaldi’s meaning entirely. Here was Grimaldi’s full quote after the game:

“The first period, there’s nothing that can be said. It was abysmal,” Grimaldi said. “It wasn’t acceptable for the best team in the league, let alone a middle of the pack team in the league. The first period came back to bite us. No matter what happens we believe we can come back.”

You can see how the quote could be misconstrued if you only include part of it. Girmaldi was referring to how the Preds played overall in the first period, saying that it wouldn’t have made a difference who they played at all. When your team plays bad, anyone can beat you, especially a team as good as the Sharks.

Grimaldi, seeing the error on Twitter, called them out in the nicest way possible:

What an incredibly polite way to say “fix yourself before you wreck yourself.”

Grimaldi scored his first goal as a member of the Nashville Predators, scoring on a breakaway in the 3rd period to give the Preds a 4-3 lead. The Sharks battled back to tie and then take the lead on goals by Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton.

While the game itself didn’t end well for the Preds, Grimaldi’s story has a happy ending. The website editors quickly obliged, fixing the story to include the entire quote, thus preserving the intention of Grimaldi’s words. After an apology, Grimaldi upped his politeness game.

It’s pretty rare to see athletes on Twitter taking such a measured approach to correcting what they think is bad reporting about them. Most athletes would either try to put a writer on blast or just sick Twitter trolls on them. In the most polite way possible, Grimaldi helped set the record straight on Twitter without any name calling or angry tweet threads.

Good on you, Rocco!

— Featured image via Shanna Lockwood/USA TODAY Sports —


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