Former NHL player Brandon Prust wasn’t a popular guy on social media on Sunday night.
The former tough guy, who played for the Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, and Vancouver Canucks during his 486-game career, shared an idea for how to get tough on crime.
I think if we made resisting arrest a life sentence things would be different. A lot of bad stuff we see starts with resisting arrest. Maybe if both sides are held highly accountable for cooperation people won’t get hurt. Nothin good comes from bein a dick head. Cops included
— Brandon Prust (@BrandonPrust8) June 14, 2020
Given the extreme nature of the suggestion that resisting arrest should result in a “life sentence,” it probably should come as no surprise that Prust faced significant backlash from fans on Twitter, especially in the aftermath of widespread protests concerning police brutality and discrimination. Prust later clarified that he was purposefully exaggerating.
oh hey, Brandon Prust is trending on Twitter. I wonder what he's up too…
Oh…. oh no….. pic.twitter.com/ieTKjMAEjb
— JPJH (@IAmTheChipThief) June 15, 2020
So yeah, fans were pissed:
Not sure how this one will be received by the masses.
— Ryan (@Gus_Op) June 14, 2020
So now you’re in danger of a life sentence if you get pulled over for a speeding ticket and the cop abuses you to the point where you have to resist or die. If a cop is choking you and your only choice is to try and resist, what are you going to do then? /1
— Michael Cinco (@MikeCincoSays) June 14, 2020
— T (@WildeCanucks) June 15, 2020
Just stop already…. maybe find a hobby, or oh I dunno go back to school and educate yourself?
— ©aptain Awesome ® (@johnnycanuck71) June 14, 2020
I am so deeply concerned about what Brandon Prust thinks about things.
— Parry Malm (@ParryMalm) June 15, 2020
So at the end of the day resisting arrest is a none issue. Got it.. man how dumb can I be thinking it could have a small percentage of the reason for some bad outcomes. How naive of me
— Brandon Prust (@BrandonPrust8) June 15, 2020
Vancouver was the last stop of Prust’s NHL career, after he went unclaimed on waivers in February 2016. He played just 35 games in a Canucks uniform.