In today’s NHL, where each player is media trained almost exclusively in cliches, it’s rare to come across an unplugged interview.
Nashville Predator Rich Clune’s recent Q&A with nofilterblog.com, however, is certainly an exception.
Rich Clune fights Mike Brown. (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images/AFP)
Among the highlights in this doozy is Clune’s insight into the “hottest wife in the NHL” (hint: she’s a country music singer) and an intriguing anecdote about Clune and James Neal butt-dialing a veteran player whom they insulted via voicemail by accident.
Below are a few candid answers from Clune, a 27-year-old enforcer who had seven points and 166 penalty minutes in 58 games for Nashville last season.
(To read the entire transcript, click here.)
[WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE]
Who is your favorite person to fight in the league?
I’d love to get my hands on that little fuckin’ Roussel on Dallas again. I don’t hate him, he’s just got that face you want to punch. I probably have that too though.
In your opinion: the #1 texting DON’T?
If someone hasn’t responded to your text, don’t call them out on it. There’s a reason they haven’t replied: A) The person hasn’t read it yet B) They’ve read it and maybe need time to think about an answer C) They don’t want to fucking talk to you, so let it go. It’s just such a turnoff when someone harasses you saying “why aren’t you answering me?” You can see the insanity coming out of a person that way. Oh also, if you’re a dude: don’t send dick pics. And don’t ask a girl to send a naked picture, just take what comes your way. It’s a lot classier if you let things happen organically.
Best song to workout to? Best song to, um, “make love” to?
This is how weird I am: right before I’m about to do a serious leg workout and I know it’s going to be grueling and I’m kind of afraid to do it, I’ll listen to Lana Del Rey on the car ride there. It’s sad, mellow, slow and it just fuckin’ makes me ready to go.
["What's making love?"]
“Wicked Games” & “Kiss Land” – The Weeknd
What’s your favorite of all your tattoos?
Thankfully, I don’t have a Canadian maple leaf with two hockey sticks going through it. That’s the hockey tramp stamp. That’s the most common tattoo in Junior Hockey and Pro Hockey. My favorite of mine is the one on my left rib. It’s a quote from a Hunter Thompson book: “Too weird to live, too rare to die.”