NHL player Pat Maroon was body-shamed by Boston Bruins announcer Jack Edwards earlier this week during a game. The Tampa Bay Lightning forward, who many fans refer to as the “Big Rig,” was playing against the Bruins on Nov. 29. During the game, Edwards made a comment about Maroon’s size, saying that “inadvertent fasting for Pat Maroon is like going four hours without a meal.” This was one of the two comments he made, the second one including pizza.
When Maroon heard of the incident, he decided to donate $2,000 to Tampa Bay Thrives, a Florida-based nonprofit focused on assisting those struggling with mental health, bullying, and body image. He tweeted about his decision on Nov. 30, saying that this money was donated “In support of those struggling with mental health, bullying and body image I am making a 2,000 donation in the name of @realjackedwards to @TampaBayThrives and I encourage @TBLightning and @NHLfans to join me.”
As part of his tweets, a link was also included so that fans could donate to the cause.
The Lightning foundation also followed up the tweet by saying that all donations made by Maroon and the other Lightning players would be matched.
Hockey fans across Twitter celebrated the decision and called Maroon a “legend” who was working to support men’s mental health.
Another fan pointed out how this move by Maroon helped turn this event into something meaningful.
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