I'm not surprised. He used to write on the board every now and then years ago. I tried to explain that he really didn't do anything wrong, but some people just want to put the drama on someone other than Plushenko for that specific incident. If Evgeny never would have said anything, there would be nothing to talk about or quote!
And yes, I think many skaters keep up with what is being said about them, whether good or bad.