Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Blackhawks ban 4 from home games after racial taunts

Blackhawks ban 4 from home games after racial taunts

During the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is one of only 30 Black players in the National Hockey League, had been sent to the penalty box for fighting with Connor Murphy, a Chicago defenseman.

"What was said this time around crossed the line".

What stunned the 25-year-old is how incidents such as these keep happening. "It's happened in hockey before. We're sorry about what happened and let's learn from it". "So he said, 'It's just a few idiots being ignorant'". Devante Smith-Pelly handled the situation well all things considering.

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"We've had this conversation before", said Smith-Pelly, who is from Toronto. "It's sad that athletes like myself, 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same place". He was coming off the ice and heard a fan scream, "Go back to playing basketball".

Assistant captain Brooks Orpik said: "I wish I could say it's surprising but it's probably not all that surprising".

First off.A awful incident last night in Chicago.Every time you think that our society has evolved a bit we see how a few idiots were left behind in the evolutionary chain. You can tell by my reaction that I got pretty upset. The fans were immediately removed and we apologize to Smith-Pelly and the Washington Capitals organization.

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In thanking the Blackhawks and arena security for removing the fans, the Capitals said: "It is crucial to confront such appalling conduct". "We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for everyone who attends out games and these actions will never be tolerated".

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman also released a statement saying that the league "condemns this unacceptable and reprehensible behavior". Such behavior is unacceptable and has no place in hockey or society.

Interestingly enough, Suburban Stats reports Chicago's black population is at 32 percent, making them the second largest racial group residing in the metropolitan city. As the Capitals will look wrap up a four-game road trip with a win.

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