August 3, 2020

NHL: Auston Matthews calls Steve Simmons “unethical” for coronavirus story, and more news

Auston Matthews calls Steve Simmons unethical (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Auston Matthews was not happy last night, and called out the reporter who wrote he had COVID-19.

Note: This story first published at The Daily Goal Horn.

Back in June, a report appeared in the Toronto Sun outing Maple Leafs star, Auston Matthews for testing positive for COVID-19. The reporter who published the article, was Steve Simmons. It certainly left a bad taste in the mouth of the Leafs and Matthews as well.

Auston Matthews calls out Steve Simmons

At the time of the diagnosis, Matthews was reportedly living at home in Arizona. The 22-year-old center, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, was then put into quarantine. He recovered with no issues and is now with the team playing in the qualifying round.

Last night, after getting shutout by the Columbus Blue Jackets, Matthews spoke with the press. Then this awkward moment took place.

Simmons asked Matthews a question, and the Leafs forward didn’t hold back. “First of all it’s unfortunate that I’m getting a question from you Steve,” Auston began. “I didn’t appreciate the article you wrote on me,” he continued, “and I thought it was unethical.”

Matthews did proceed today answer his question, but he made sure to let Simmons know where he stood.

Auston Matthews rips Steve Simmons
Auston Matthews rips Steve Simmons as unethical (Mark Blinch/Getty Images)

NHL announced second straight week with zero new cases

The NHL released its weekly COVID-19 testing report today. For two consecutive weeks the league can report no positive cases of the virus. This is a testament to the players as well as the league.

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