Fans removed from game for remarks aimed at black National Hockey League player

Fans removed from game for remarks aimed at black National Hockey League player

Fans removed from game for remarks aimed at black National Hockey League player

Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly, was in the penalty box after a third period fight with a Blackhawks defenseman on Saturday night when four Blackhawks fans started taunting him in unison.

Smith-Pelly confirmed the fans were chanting "basketball, basketball, basketball" and understood immediately what it meant in being directed at a black hockey player in a sport dominated by white athletes.

After Smith-Pelly reported the fans to an official, they were promptly ejected from the game.

In a post on the team's website, the Blackhawks said they have "contacted the offending individuals and notified them that they are no longer welcome at Blackhawks home games".

The Blackhawks apologized for the actions of their fans. There are some ignorant people in this world.

There are fewer than 30 black players now on National Hockey League teams. It is times like these that show us how great the hockey community truly is when hatred and bigotry decide to rear its ugly head. He has 40 goals and 53 assists in 320 regular-season games with in seven seasons with Anaheim, Montreal, New Jersey and the Capitals.

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He further stated, "You would think there'd be some change after some years especially when we came out with the ad 'Hockey is for Everyone, '" he said.

Hearing quite a few teams have really been working the phones on Brassard.including NJ, Carolina, Winnipeg.The Sens are asking for a assistant GM told me: "a first, a second, a roster player and a goalie prospect".

"It makes you feel pretty sick that people out there are still feeling that way, and I think society has to do a job of changing that".

The Blackhawks issued an apology to both Smith-Pelly and the Capitals.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman also released a statement saying that the league "condemns this unacceptable and reprehensible behavior". You've got to start calling people out and making sure people see other people's true colors. If you think the Blackhawks are awful just think that they have scored first in 11 out of their last 13 games yet have only won 3 of them.

"We've talked about this before", Smith-Pelly said.

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