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Rocco Grimaldi's Tweets Getting Plenty of, Ahem, Exposure

Rocco1 DALLAS -- Rocco Grimaldi seemed to have some spare time on his hands last night as he took to Twitter to espouse some of his thoughts regarding relations between men and women.

Grimaldi, as many Florida fans already know, is very vocal about his faith. He has said he plans on being a pastor some day and hopes to lead his own congregation. 

On Thursday, Grimaldi went into his virtual pulpit and his 12 tweet night is getting some national attention led by Yahoo's popular hockey site Puck Daddy

By the way, if you would like to follow Rocco -- whom the Panthers took in the second round of the 2011 draft -- you can do so at twitter.com/@rgrimaldi23

Here are some of the highlights that have some up in arms (and Grimaldi wrote he would not be apologetic for these in his first post):

-- Ladies, you can help us guys out big time. Put your boobs away and everything else that is hanging out. Guys have a hard enough time with that temptation without u helping it along. When did being a Rocco beautiful girl become dressing with the least amount of clothes on?

-- When did what u wear become a competition? Before you dress ask, “Does this outfit honor God, does it honor my body, does it help serve/love my brothers? If it’s a no to any of those questions, then u shouldn’t wear that outfit #ThinkBeforeYouDress

-- Guys, when did sleeping with every girl u can make u a man? Anyone can lay with a woman. And don’t blame the women for how they dress. Don’t say it’s because they want attention. Don’t blame ur “curiosity” or that u just wanted a little taste of what it would be like...

-- Women are not an object for playing with. Sex is a gift from God. We have made it idolatry by how we use it. We blame the women for what glorify ourselves.

-- WE are the men and WE are to blame. God put US in charge of this earth so WE are the ones who need to man up and lay down our lust. Don’t fall into that temptation. If you don’t do this, you may be a boy for the rest of ur life #ManUp

So there you have it.

Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy reported at the draft that some teams were scared away from Grimaldi because of his religious reverence.

He has used Twitter and Facebook to deliver his message and intersperces scripture during almost all Rocco2 of his interviews.

Panthers GM Dale Tallon said he was happy to see Grimaldi available when Florida took him early in the second day of the draft.

Whether it was Grimaldi's overtly vocal religious views or the fact the kid is only 5-foot-6, Tallon still seems very happy to have the North Dakota freshman within the Panthers organization.

When I asked Tallon if the Panthers were going to ask Grimaldi to tone things down, he rolled his eyes. It should also be noted that Panthers president Michael Yormark and Grimaldi are Twitter buddies.

That's doing your homework right there kids.

"Hey, I don't control him. He's free to say what he needs to say,'' Tallon said. "I'm only concerned with what kind of a player he is. What kind of a person he is. So there's no concern there.

"I don't tell my players what to say, what to do. I don't have a problem with this. If this is the way you feel, this is the way you feel.''

Tallon says any thoughts that teammates are going to be turned off by Grimaldi's vocal religious views disappeared at the rookie camp this summer. Grimaldi was the hit of the camp with fans and teammates alike. He was the most popular guy there. They all seemed to dig this kid.

And for those complaining to me about a hockey player "shoving their religious views down my neck" as Sioux one wrote in an email, hey, it's his Twitter account. He can write anything he wants on it. Don't like it? Unfollow him. It's the easiest thing to do in the world.

-- Grimaldi's words about women covering up did have some joking on Thursday.

One quipped: "He's in North Dakota. The women are already wearing parkas up there. He wants 'em covered up, they're covered up.''

Theo2 -- Oh, wonder what Rocco thinks of Jose Theodore's mask?




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How long in an NHL locker room before he goes holier than thou on a teammate? That's my concern.

Wow...what a doucher.

As you well know, I am a huge fan of boobs (or is that a fan of huge boobs...but I digress). If he is interested in a woman being covered to prevent men from falling to "temptation " I know of several places in the Middle East he would do well in.

Mind you, there is less ice there, but a religious zealot like him would fit right in.

As far as honoring "God" with your clothes, I would think that since "God" created the naked human body, and of all "God"'s creatures, only Man covers his body in the skins and furs of other animals, wouldn't the naked body be the best way to honor one's creator?

Like I said, I love boobs. I am biased.

I think Grimaldi's thoughts are archaic objectification of women and his religious nonsense is bound to get his 5'6 self stuffed upside down in a garbage can.

Cool ....Ice Dancers will be in burkas next :(

I think this is AWESOME! good for him!! I think that women need to understand that they are beautiful WITHOUT having to show everything off. Everyone needs to stop giving him a hard time about this and applaud him for standing up for this in such a positive way. He could have just said they dress like sluts....

Regarding the negative comments towards Rocco Grimaldi’s Twitter statements: As we are all entitled to our own opinions, each one of you is certainly free to write whatever you want. However, when you write statements denouncing Rocco’s comments; you are denouncing Christianity. And when doing so, it would be advisable to at least know and understand what you are writing about. It is clear from many of the comments regarding Rocco Grimaldi's statements, that you do not know or understand Christianity. The comments from Rocco are not HIS personal "opinion". Indeed they are from God's Word, the Bible. Again, clearly you don't "get it". Christianity is not about sending us back to the "dark ages" or repressing women. Christianity is certainly not about "man's" opinion either. And Christianity is not a bunch of rules to follow or simply believing in a god, or being a "good" person, or going to church regularly. And it is not about belonging to a certain church or certain denomination (such as Roman Catholic, Methodist, etc...). If you did know or understand Christianity (which you won't truly until you are a Christian), you would understand Rocco's comments. If you did, you would know that these comments are fully based on Biblical truth. And then, and only then, would you understand the "why" behind the comments.

Wow Dirk, You're a "fan of huge boobs" and you think Grimaldi has a problem with objectificaton of women?

Grimaldi never said women need to wear burqas or potato sacks. He's just asking those that walk around half dressed, wearing clothing that is obviously worn for the purpose of turning men on to consider what they are doing to men who want to avoid immoral attitudes.

For those of you who give in to every whim or whiff of sexuality, you certainly have no problem with things wiggling and jiggling and sticking out at you. A man who believes in sex within marriage only does have a problem with it and if he is not seeking out that sort of display or going to places where you would expect women to be overly seductive, then he shouldn't have to have it paraded in front of him.

I believe men are responsible for their behavior and I feel really bad when a classy attractive woman is subjected to cat calls and harassment. But women who dress for the very purpose of arousing men on the spot are also guilty of objectification of women. There is a big difference between dressing to attract a man and dressing to arouse any straight man who happens to look your way. We all know the difference when we see it. I believe Grimaldi is addressing the second one, not the first.

"Lighten up, Francis"

Here are a few names for this stupid kid.
Jimmy Swaggart
Jim Baker
King David
Ted Haggard
Abraham (Hagar)

Soon to be added to the list Rocco

Rocco probably tweeted what he did because, deep down inside,he knows he can't control himself. Hence he tries to shift the blame.

Wow, people offended by morals.

It's twitter people, if you don't want to follow him you don't have to. I'm all for his right to tweet what ever he wants, that's part of the awesomeness that is the intertubez.

It's worth mentioning though that all the women who've worn a male's t-shirt are abominations according to Deuteronomy 22:5. I certainly hope no women out there have any gold jewelry or braided hair less they violate 1 Timothy 2:9. Maybe Rocco was just trying not to run afoul of Matthew 5:28 by committing a thought crime.

So, how long before he starts tweeting about Leviticus 18:22? Will those that have come to his defense here do so then?

How is this child going to react to the ice dancers? I found his tweets to be sexist, hypocritical, and immature. Stick to hockey.

Well first of all I'm not surprised this came from a hockey player. In my opinion, hockey players are for the most part the most well educated, well spoken and have the best upbringing, of all athletes. Being a hockey player requires a huge amount of time, commitment, support and money from the family, as a child all the way thru adulthood. I think I know exactly where he is coming from. There are a lot of "groupie" girls that follow hockey players, as well as other sports athletes, and it can take up a lot of their time. These girls are willing to do anything to be with an athlete. The temptation is there for them and many succumb. I have seen several extremely talented players get caught up in scandals because of this. Sure, he is young and while some of his comments seem drastic, I imagine it is coming from the frustration he is feeling in having to deal with these issues night after night. It is refreshing to see a young person so vocal about these issues and kuddos to him for not being afraid to say it out loud. I cant believe people are criticizing him for asking for morality.

Hey Sherri, How about the inmorality, of all the violence and fighting that takes place in this stupid sport. Where is his chapter and verse on this issue? My rule about bible preachers is this. "When a preacher pounds away at a particular sin, he is more than likley commiting that sin"

Hey Jesus freak: Just because you use multiple screen names to make it look like your point is supported by numerous people, your writing style screams "same person" loudly and clearly. Personally, I think it's hilarious that Rocco has been getting hammered thoroughly on the internet since he opened his Bible and started trying to push his morals on others. It's clear to me that he got his head swollen pretty quickly with all of the attention he received down in training camp, and he thought that attention would translate into an audience. Guess what, it didn't. From what I've seen lately, for every person coming to his defense by quoting chapter and verse from the Bible, there are literally dozens of people espousing the opposite opinion. This kid should've learned to just keep his mouth shut. It's not bad enough that he is a Michael Yormark look-alike, but he has to start spouting off about stuff that an overwhelming majority of hockey fans don't want to see mixed in with their sport. In other words, keep your stinking religion out of places that it doesn't belong. Otherwise, you could be putting a damper on a "career" that was a long-shot in the first place.

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