Berger read a 46-second retraction that aired Monday on FAN 590 in Toronto, taking back a claim that Avery had referenced Leafs forward Jason Blake's cancer during a pregame altercation on Nov. 10. The Canadian Press reported on the remarks:
"It was my intention only to report accurately on what transpired during the pre-game warmup," said Berger. "Based on Mr. Avery's clear statement that he made no such remarks, my information and therefore my reporting does not appear to have been accurate ... I truly regret reporting that Mr. Avery made any such comments. I apologize to Mr. Avery for having done so. And I hereby retract my comments about what transpired during the pre-game warmup on Nov. 10, 2007."
The catalysts for the retraction were the notices of libel Avery filed against the station and The Toronto Star following their reports. If they thought they were in the clear after the apology, Avery is still ready to counter-punch. Paul Kukla of the CBC-approved Kukla's Korner reports that Avery -- recovering from wrist surgery -- was interviewed by MSG Network on Monday night and said (in Kukla's words) that he "doesn't feel any better than he did before the statement read by Berger today and said the media cannot hide behind a pen and get away with it" and that he "plans to continue his fight on this topic."
Previously on FanHouse:
Sean Avery: Boo-Boos, Ex-Babes and Begrudging Apology
Sean Avery: A Clown is Good for Business
Mary-Kate and Sean Avery?