Long-time Red Wings staffer fired for urinating in drain

Urinating in the Zamboni garage will get you fired nowadays no matter how much goodwill you've banked over six decades of scraping the ice.

Video Transcript

JUSTIN CUTHBERT: Last note, and it's a simple one, free Al Sobotka. If you haven't seen it, the longtime, former Detroit Red Wings Zamboni driver, who is 68, was fired for peeing into a Zamboni drain in the Zamboni garage at Little Caesars Arena. There was a bathroom nearby, but Sobotka alleges, and he's filed a lawsuit that alleges, versus the Red Wings, by mind you, alleges that he suffers from benign prostatic hypertrophy, which causes frequent and uncontrollable needs to urinate. He was fired about two weeks after being found urinating in that drain. But here's the thing, the guy's a lifer.

He started as a 17-year-old at Olympia Stadium in 1971. He's waved the octopus around countless times in big games for the Detroit Red Wings. If this is the first time he's peed into a drain, let the man off with a slap on the wrist. Besides, and of quote the great George Costanza, "it's all pipes."

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting