Lapierre Set To Apologize For Inflammatory Facebook Post
Dean Lapierre is set to give a public apology Tuesday as part of being back as president of the Windsor Minor Hockey Association.
As heard on CTV Windsor, he's been reinstated after being suspended from the post for inflammatory comments made on Facebook.
In January, Lapierre landed in hot water for writing "good u dumb bitches" on his Facebook page in referencing Canadian women held up at the American border when trying to join women's marches in the US. The comment went on to say "worry about your own Country CANADA."
The Ontario Minor Hockey Association launched an investigation and released a statment calling the comments "offensive" and had "no place in minor hockey."
Lapierre was suspended for the rest of the season by the end of January.
As part of the suspension, Lapierre had to take part in a 'Respect In Sport' course, a workshop offered by the Sexual Assault Crisis Centre as well as social media training.
Lapierre says he's learned a lot.
"I think it's just learning that once it's out there it's out there so, obviously think twice — maybe three times — before posting or saying anything that could get you in trouble," says Lapierre.
Lapierre wishes he could take back what he said.
"If I could go back I wouldn't have posted that tweet that got this all going or even send the Facebook post," says Lapierre. "Looking back now, yeah, probably shouldn't have did what I did."
Lapierre hopes he's given a second chance.
"I just hope that people let me move forward from this because I did the crime I did the time sort of saying and I want to move forward and prove to everybody that I can still be a great president," says Lapierre.
Lapierre's apology to the minor hockey board will be part of the association's annual general meeting set for 6:30pm on Tuesday at Average Joe's Sports Bar on Lauzon Rd.
A protest is being planned outside the bar for 5pm with some of the women involved in the women's march expected to attend along with the labour community.
Unifor Local 444 pulled its sponsorship of the Windsor Minor Hockey Association as a result of Lapierre's comments.