Blackhawks fans yell racist remarks at Devante Smith-Pelly - MRCAESAR.COM

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Blackhawks fans yell racist remarks at Devante Smith-Pelly


NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
A group of Blackhawks fans were kicked out of Saturday game in Chiacgo against the Capitals for directing racist remarks at an African-American player.
When Washington’s Devante Smith-Pelly was in the penalty box during the third period, four Chicago fans who had seats near the glass yelled “basketball, basketball, basketball” at the forward, according to The Washington Post.
All four of the fans were removed from the arena.
Smith-Pelly did not make a statement following his team’s 7-1 loss, but Caps coach Barry Trotz did.
Devante Smith-Pelly did not make a statement following his team’s 7-1 loss. (JEFF HAYNES/AP)
“There’s absolutely no place in the game of hockey or our country for racism,” he said. “I think it’s disgusting, and there’s no place for it. Athletes in our country don’t deserve that. It just shows ignorance.”
The Blackhawks released a statement acknowledging the incident.
“We apologize to Smith-Pelly and the Washington Capitals organization,” the team said. “We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for everyone who attends out games and these actions will never be tolerated.”

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