By Ian Oland
Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves was ejected Tuesday night for a late, blindside hit that injured Tom Wilson. The hit was bad, but somehow, Reaves found a way to make the situation worse.
In a private signing for Inscriptagraphs, Reaves autographed photos of Wilson laying on the ice injured with the caption “He ran into a Lion in the Jungle.”
Wilson is out injured with a concussion.
This is despicable. @russianmachine @tom_wilso #NHL #Capitals pic.twitter.com/R3geB0tQSQ
— ZurkDL (@ZurkDL) December 6, 2018
Inscriptagraphs is a retailer based in Las Vegas that sells sports and entertainment memorabilia. According to the website, all authenticated sales are witnessed autographs in the presence of a company member.
The Reaves signed photo is listed as being autographed on December 6 at a private signing in Vegas.
The description of the photo states:
This photo is a must-have photo for all VGK fans as it is from when Ryan laid out Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson on December 4, 2018! In addition, Ryan hand inscribed this photo “he ran into a lion in the jungle”: which is the quote he said after the game about the incident in which Ryan was ejected out of the game for!
The Las Vegas-based Inscriptagraphs has retail locations at the Caesars Palace Hotel and the Planet Hollywood Hotel.
Since publishing this article, the sale listing has been removed from the Inscriptagraphs website and on eBay.
Update: The Washington Post’s Jacob Bogage confirmed that the autographed photos are real. A Vegas Golden Knights spokesman said the photos were not distributed and have been destroyed.
Update 12/7: Ryan Reaves has confirmed he did sign the photos, but later realized it was in bad taste and called the shipment off.
Ryan Reaves says he did sign the pictures of his hit on Tom Wilson. He later realized it was in bad taste, so he called the memorabilia store back and told them to destroy them. None of the photos were sold. #VegasBorn
— Jesse Granger (@JesseGranger_) December 7, 2018
“I’ve signed a lot worse, but in this age of social media and concussions, and the fact (Wilson) was hurt, you never want to see that,” Reaves said to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I called the guy (at Inscriptagraphs) right away, and we took care of it before it got out.”
The original title of this article has been updated since publication.
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