Penguins CEO, others defend Sidney Crosby after DMV controversy

Many have rushed to defend Sidney Crosby in wake of DMV controversy, including James Neal. (USATSI)
Many have rushed to defend Sidney Crosby in wake of DMV controversy, including James Neal. (USATSI)

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This is still a thing apparently. People must still be upset about Sidney Crosby being allowed to skip the line at a Pittsburgh-area DMV because many within Crosby’s circle have rushed to defend the star center.

The latest was Penguins CEO David Morehouse, who told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Crosby has never sought preferential treatment.

"Anyone that knows Sid or follows hockey -- in Pittsburgh or anywhere -- knows that's not the person he is," Morehouse said.

"To think he would flaunt his status and cut in line -- that's not him, and anybody who has been around him or hockey knows that's not him," Morehouse said.

"Anybody who has seen Sid in a public place knows his presence causes all kinds of commotion, and that he likes least to cause a big scene."

According to a DMV spokeswoman, what happened with Crosby was in line with everything the DMV does when it has a "high-profile visitor," especially because Crosby's presence was "causing a stir."

Such is the life of Sidney Crosby, a polarizing sports celebrity who does very few polarizing things that are blown out of proportion. For instance, skipping a DMV line when his presence could have inconvenienced other people trying to make it through the often uncomfortable experience of attaining or renewing a license.

Among the others to come to Crosby's defense, his agent, Pat Brisson, who told the Tribune-Review Crosby "did everything right" while at the DMV.

Former Penguins teammate and current Philadelphia Flyer Maxime Talbot also stood up for Crosby, telling the Tribune-Review that Crosby "is a good role model," citing his charity work away from the ice. That's probably irrelevant to the topic at hand, but still a nice gesture from a concerned former teammate.

So here's a question for you. Would this have been as big a story if this was any hockey player other than Sidney Crosby? James Neal has our answer:

All Neal did was score 61 goals over the last two seasons in Pittsburgh and nary a peep from anyone when he got special treatment. Shocking! No, not shocking. 

You may love Sidney Crosby, you may hate him -- you probably hate him -- but this should rank so low on your Sid-meter when it comes to molding an opinion on the game's curiously polarizing star. 

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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