On Sunday, the Anaheim Ducks have expressed their regret and apology for releasing a controversial video they have posted in connection with the 100th birthday of the National Hockey League. The video showed Ryan Kesler walking through the Anaheim office without any of his clothes on.
In the video, a naked center Kesler can be seen with nothing but a black rectangle covering the lower part of his body. The clip displays Kesler as he strolls past some of his female co-workers who are staying in their respective office cubicles. He is first shown walking past two females who are busy doing their jobs on their desks, and then he barges into a male co-worker’s office. The said video has already been taken down from the social media pages of the Anaheim Ducks.
The male co-worker depicted in the video asked: “Kes, what are you doing, bud? You got no clothes on,” to which Kesler responded: “It’s the NHL’s 100th birthday. I’m celebrating in my birthday suit.”
The video has made noise and sparked questions and debate on social media. Some people have been wondering whether that supposedly comedic gesture that Kesler did was appropriate and suitable, considering the number of high-profile sexual assault and harassment accusations that have been recently made across a couple of industries, with a lot of those allegations associated with the workplace.
The Ducks have already explained their side and apologized for their actions on their official Twitter account. They said that the tweet that they have posted was supposed to be a lighthearted video celebrating the 100th birthday of the National Hockey League. They also wrote: “We realize in retrospect the content of the video may have been insensitive and we have removed the video and apologize.”