TORONTO - Vancouver Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit, uncharacteristically according to one neighbour, was silent Tuesday.
After practice at Toronto FC's training centre, the American defender did not want to talk about a Vancouver Province front-page story alleging loud post-game parties at his Vancouver condo. A team official said he had already addressed the issue.
"Whitecaps Noise," read the Province headline with the kicker "Neighbours complain as team captain Jay DeMerit parties into extra time."
A picture of a scribbled note complaining about the noise was on the tabloid cover.
DeMerit, 34, told Breakfast Television in Vancouver that the picture was from 2012.
"I don't know how this makes front-page news. It must be a slow news days in Vancouver," he said in a phone interview with the program.
Plus the complaint came from someone in another building, he added.
"Somebody's done a really good job of stirring the pot," he said.
DeMerit retweeted support from a neighbour.
"We live on the same floor & haven't been bothered by the @D6MERIT s once. They are incredibly good people. All of our neighbours LOVE them."
Olympic champion kayaker Adam van Koeverden tweeted: "The only beef I've got with @D6MERIT & @AshleighMcIvor is WHY I WASN'T INVITED, to this epic noise-fest."
DeMerit also took his side of the story about the most recent party to social media.
"Funny thing this was a QUIET one! #Nocomplaints #NoCops," tweeted DeMerit.
DeMerit's wife, retired Olympic champion freestyle skier Ashleigh McIvor, also took to Twitter.
"We're like real celebrities," she tweeted, seemingly sarcastically, in reference to the front-page article.
The Province story quotes police as saying they have been called to DeMerit's building in the past over late-night noise.
Vancouver coach Carl Robinson said he had heard of the story "through numerous sources," but hadn't seen it.
"I've spoke to Jay about it and we'll sort it out after the game (against Toronto FC on Wednesday). We'll deal with it but I don't think there's too much to it.
"Obviously it's not nice being on the front (page). You'd prefer to be on the back pages. But that's part of the job that comes with soccer. it's not a good part but we'll deal with it (in-house)."