Chicago Blackhawks ban four fans for racist taunting during game
The Chicago Blackhawks have banned four fans of their home games for directing racist taunts toward Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly. The Blackhawks also apologized to Smith-Pelly along with the Capitals.
“Racist comments and various inappropriate behavior usually are not tolerated because of the Chicago Blackhawks,” team spokesman Adam Rogowin said on Monday.
Devante Smith-Pelly says racial taunting from NHL fans was ‘disgusting’
The Blackhawks’ only black player, Anthony Duclair, said he wasn’t surprised there was racial abuse within an NHL game. “[It] happens often, not just in hockey, with sports, however in society all together,” Duclair told the Chicago Tribune on Monday. “You’d think there’d be some change with some years, especially [after the NHL] introduced the ad, ‘Hockey is good for Everyone’.
“If these people were Blackhawks fans they might know we have a black player with their team. These four people think a certain way, and it’s also not only for those four people. It’s actually a much more. It is a lot more racism than you guys think.”
Smith-Pelly was employing the field during the third amount Saturday night’s 7-1 loss to Chicago in the event the fans yelled “basketball, basketball, basketball” toward the winger, who’s black. An off-ice official sitting alongside Smith-Pelly notified United Center security as well as the fans were promptly ejected.
“Totally unacceptable with our game, in virtually any sport and in society today,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after the morning skate before Monday night’s home game up against the Are generally Kings. “We’ve got to on-line massage therapy schools the like. It wouldn’t happen.”
Quenneville said he talked to Washington coach Barry Trotz on Sunday and apologized.