Mike Babcock Already in Trouble with the Blue Jackets after Illegal Method

Julien Trekker
September 12, 2023  (12:02)

There's been recent buzz surrounding Mike Babcock that's raising eyebrows.

Babcock Already in Trouble?

Mike Babcock, who was forced to step away from the NHL a few years ago due to his coaching style, has joined the Columbus Blue Jackets. But even before the season has started, he's found himself at the center of a controversy.
On the podcast Spittin' Chiclets, Paul Bissonnette disclosed a story that's been the talk of the town.

Concerns Resurface Over Babcock's Coaching Style

Bissonnette unveiled a story that doesn't cast Babcock in the best light.
Here's what he revealed:
"This is outrageous. I get a text from a player. He goes, 'Have you heard what Babcock is up to again?' And I'm like, 'No.' So he gets to Columbus, and one of the first things he does is he calls in Boone Jenner, the captain of the team, and he says, 'Let me see the photos in your phone. I want to know the type of person you are.' What the hell is going on with that? Is that even legal? It feels like it's totally illegal. Come on the podcast to grill him about his antics as a head coach. Like, worry about the forecheck. Worry about your personnel. Worry about getting the power play humming at an alarming rate so you might have a slim chance of sneaking in a wild card spot.

Why do you want to see inappropriate pictures from your captain on his iPhone? I don't understand this, by the way. If I were going into one of these meetings, having heard all these stories prior, I'd be putting on Rocky quotes in my photos. I'd be showing my workout routine.

Oh, yeah. You know what I'd put on my phone? I'd be standing here in this chair, posing in a unique way, staring him right in the eyes. What's wrong with this guy? Now, I hope this story is true, because otherwise, we look like real big idiots.

But I think that Mike Babcock should come on this podcast and clear the air as to why he wants to see risqué images from Instagram in his players' phones."


The idea of a coach wanting to see players' private photos feels out of place, and Bissonnette's take is resonating with many.
Latest reports indicate that the allegations are being assessed by the Blue Jackets organization.
"#CBJ are aware of these allegations and looking into them. No official response yet.

Babcock and Jenner have not immediately responded to requests seeking comment."

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Mike Babcock Already in Trouble with the Blue Jackets after Illegal Method

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