Crosby's agent denies protest rumors

Published Jan. 18, 2011 12:00 a.m. ET

Sidney Crosby's agent said reports that the NHL scoring leader could choose to skip the All-Star Game are not accurate, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Tuesday.

The original report by Toronto's Globe and Mail alleged that the Penguins superstar was considering boycotting the game as a form of protest to the NHL's decision not to suspend two players for hits that left him with a concussion.

Crosby's agent, Pat Brisson, said the mild concussion was a result of a hit by Washington's David Steckel on Jan. 1 and another by Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman on Jan. 5.

The NHL did not discipline either player for the hits, angering Crosby, who feels the league is not doing enough to protect players, according to the Globe and Mail.

It is still unclear whether Crosby will be healthy enough to play in next weekend's All-Star Game in Raleigh, N.C.

Brisson said he has not spoken to his client "even once" about the All-Star Game, and would never advise him to skip the weekend's festivities even if he cannot play in the game.

Crosby, the leader in fan voting for the game, leads the NHL with 66 points despite missing the past five games.