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What message should we take from NHL's suspension of words?

Updated: December 6, 2008, 5:23 AM ET
By Damien Cox | Special to ESPN.com

When pitcher John Rocker made the fateful decision to share his idiosyncratic and repulsive worldview with a larger audience, many recoiled in disgust. Many others said, "Amen, brother."

When Steve Nash, a Canadian, chose to offer a dissension against U.S. military action in Iraq by wearing a T-shirt that read "No War. Shoot For Peace" to the NBA All-Star Game, some applauded his anti-war stance. Others told him to mind his own business.

When Sean Avery decided this week ...

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