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Sun Feb 18, 2018, 11:12 PM

Ban the racist jerks who embarrassed the Blackhawks and Chicago from all future sporting events

David HaughContact Reporter
Chicago Tribune

On Saturday at the United Center, a beautiful night on the ice coincided with ugliness in the stands when four racist jerks embarrassed themselves, the Blackhawks, the sport of hockey and the city of Chicago.

It should be their last Hawks game at the UC. Come to think of it, every one of Chicago’s professional sports teams should ban the offending Neanderthals from walking through their gates. Zero tolerance is the best way to fight intolerance.

In the third period of a 7-1 victory over the Capitals, ushers ejected the so-called fans after they taunted visiting forward Devante Smith-Pelly, who is black, after he was sent to the penalty box for fighting with Hawks defenseman Connor Murphy. The men yelled “basketball, basketball, basketball” at Smith-Pelly, who was visibly upset and reacted by tapping the glass with his stick.

“It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing over and over,” Smith-Pelly told reporters Sunday.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/ct-spt-blackhawks-racism-haugh-20180218-story.html


Let me first say that I am an avid Chicago Blackhawks fan, I have been for almost 55 years, I have grown-up around hockey and I have played hockey and what happened at this game does not represent the Chicago Blackhawks, my Blackhawks



The following snip is what most people do see or read about...............these are hero's of the sport...................

"Look at Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, whose eloquence and awareness speaking at a candlelight vigil in Parkland, Fla., for the shooting victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which Rizzo attended, displayed as much power as anything he has ever done at the plate.





Look at the four Hawks players — Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Patrick Sharp and Brent Seabrook — who supported the Chicago Police Department by standing in line Friday night in Bridgeport with so many other mourners to pay their respects to fallen Cmdr. Paul Bauer at the officer’s wake."







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Reply Ban the racist jerks who embarrassed the Blackhawks and Chicago from all future sporting events (Original post)
turbinetree Feb 2018 OP
Kath2 Feb 2018 #1
InAbLuEsTaTe Feb 2018 #2
Iggo Feb 2018 #3
ornotna Feb 2018 #4
Iggo Feb 2018 #5
ornotna Feb 2018 #6
bdjhawk Feb 2018 #7
HDSam Feb 2018 #8

Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 11:16 PM

1. I was watching the game.

There should be no place for that behavior in sports. I could tell he was being taunted.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 11:16 PM

2. Abso-fuckin-lutely!!

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 11:19 PM

3. Ah, the American sports fan.

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Response to Iggo (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 18, 2018, 11:26 PM

4. Unfortunately it's not just Americans

Villarreal give life ban to rogue fan who threw banana at Dani Alves
Barcelona's Dani Alves reverted to humor when dealing with racist abuse but it has proved no laughing matter for the Villarreal fan who threw a banana at him during Sunday's match after being handed a life ban by the La Liga club.



http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/28/sport/football/dani-alves-banana-racism-football/index.html

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Response to ornotna (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 19, 2018, 12:06 AM

5. Yeah, but it was this time.

In fact, and further, I could've said "American hockey fans."

I go to a couple dozen NHL games per year, and American hockey fans are the fucking worst.

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Response to Iggo (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 19, 2018, 12:21 AM

6. Can't argue that

Last time I went to some NHL games was the 02-03 and 03-04 playoffs for the TB Lightning.

The first year against the NJ Devils was terrible. The NJ fans were no fun at all and the next year the Flyers fans took it to a whole new level.

In the finals the Calgary fans were loud but some of them were the most polite and friendly people you would ever want to meet.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon Feb 19, 2018, 12:23 AM

7. Sorry to be naive

but what does "basketball" mean exactly? I googled it and didn't come up with a racial context. It was obviously intended as a racial slur and Smith-Pelly knew it.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon Feb 19, 2018, 01:21 AM

8. Interesting the Chicago Blackhawks

call out racists when their own logo is a Native American stereotype.

[https://goo.gl/images/GS6W4g|]

This isn’t to suggest the racist comments made towards the player were appropriate in any way at all and I’m glad they were removed, but there is some hypocrisy being exhibited here. Consider the statement issued by the team:

“We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for everyone who attends our games and these actions will never be tolerated”


Perhaps they should remove the plank in their eye...

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