Devante Smith-Pelly says racial taunting from NHL fans was ‘disgusting’

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first_img Support The Guardian Evan Sporer (@ev_sporer)Next, he clearly has had enough of whatever is being said, gets up to address the fans. 18, 2018 The Blackhawks condemned the fans’ actions in a statement on Saturday night. “We were made aware of an incident at tonight’s game involving a small group of attendees who made harmful comments directed at Washington Capitals player Devante Smith-Pelly,” the Blackhawks said. “The fans were immediately removed and we apologize to Smith-Pelly and the Washington Capitals organization. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for everyone who attends out games and these actions will never be tolerated.” Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Chicago Blackhawks Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Did the NHL kill men’s ice hockey at the Winter Olympics? US sports Ice hockey Share on Facebookcenter_img Share on Messenger news NHL Washington Capitals The 25-year-old Canadian is in his first season with the Capitals. He also has played for Anaheim, Montreal and New Jersey. He is one of only 30 black players in the NHL. In 2017 he told the Toronto Star that he had been told to “go back to playing basketball” in the past by a fan.“I can’t go to anyone on my team and have them understand really how it is to be in my shoes,” he told the Star of his experience as a black player. “Just because I’m a professional hockey player: they just don’t understand. So it’s really lonely in that sense. You don’t really have anyone.” Share via Email Topics Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Devante Smith-Pelly was taunted by four fans shouting “basketball, basketball, basketball” on Saturday night during the Chicago Blackhawks’ game against the Washington Capitals.Washington’s Smith-Pelly, who is black, was serving a major penalty for fighting Chicago’s Connor Murphy when the fans taunted him in the penalty box. An off-ice official sitting next to him notified building security, and the fans were ejected. Smith-Pelly was visibly upset by the taunting, at one point tapping the glass separating him from the fans. “It’s disgusting. It’s sad that in 2018 we’re still talking about the same thing, over and over,” Smith-Pelly said on Sunday. “It’s sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You’d think there’d be some sort of change or progression but we’re still working toward it, I guess, and we’re going to keep working toward it.” Reuse this contentlast_img

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