John Tortorella Rips Media, Tells Reporters Not to ‘Put Words in My Mouth’ About Sitting Brad Richards (Video)

Maybe Rangers coach John Tortorella is right. Maybe he didn’t sit forward Brad Richards — who signed a nine-year, $60 million deal before last season — to make a statement going into Game 4 of New York’s second-round series with the Bruins.

Maybe he made Richards a healthy scratch just so he could get someone to ask him about it at the after-game news conference, and then use it as an excuse for a Tortorella classic.

Tortorella got all over a reporter who dared to ask Thursday why Richards and his beaucoup salary were out for Game 4. While Tortorella usually revels in the art of brevity, he gave a full speech to defend Richards.

Tortorella went on about how great a player Richards is, saying he’s won a Conn Smythe trophy and that he just wants to help Richards figure out how to get back to form.

“So none of ya’s — don’t put words in my mouth,” he said. “It’s not blaming Brad Richards. I’ve already heard enough of that crap already, as far as this is concerned. … Kiss my [expletive] if you want to write something different.”

Tortorella mixed his share of salty language into the diatribe. Check it out in the video below.

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