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NHL suspends Sean Avery for six games for using a sexist slur

December 5, 2008 |  9:26 am

Sean Avery after meeting with Commissioner Gary Bettman.

The Dallas Stars' Sean Avery was suspended for six games by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman today for making one comment -- variously described as crude, rude, disrespectful -- about his ex-girlfriends dating other hockey players.

Avery, who used the phrase "sloppy seconds" to describe the ex-girlfriends, already has served two games of the suspension, making him eligible to return Dec. 16 against the Phoenix Coyotes, if Dallas Stars management and his teammates accept him back. One of his ex-girlfriends is Elisha Cuthbert of the Fox show "24."

The former Kings player, whose behavior has come under criticism before, also agreed to be evaluated for anger management.

-- Debbie Goffa

Photo: Dallas Stars forward Sean Avery leaves Thursday's meeting with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in New York. Credit: Frank Franklin II / Associated Press