Chicago Blackhawks ban four fans for racist taunting during game

first_imgUS sports Devante Smith-Pelly says racial taunting from NHL fans was ‘disgusting’ Washington Capitals Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Chicago Blackhawks … 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. NHL Topics Since you’re here… Read morecenter_img Share on WhatsApp Evan Sporer (@ev_sporer)Next, he clearly has had enough of whatever is being said, gets up to address the fans. pic.twitter.com/VLu4qHSSMyFebruary 18, 2018 Share on Pinterest Reuse this content “Totally unacceptable in our game, in any sport and in society today,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after the morning skate ahead of Monday night’s home game against the Los Angeles Kings. “We’ve got to learn from something like that. It can’t happen.”Quenneville said he talked to Washington coach Barry Trotz on Sunday and apologized.  The Blackhawks’ only black player, Anthony Duclair, said he wasn’t surprised there had been racial abuse at an NHL game. “[It] happens so often, not only in hockey, not only in sports, but in society as a whole,” Duclair told the Chicago Tribune on Monday. “You’d think there would be some change after some years, especially [after the NHL] came out with the ad, ‘Hockey is for Everyone’.“If they were Blackhawks fans they would know there’s a black player on their team. These four people think a certain way, and it’s not just those four people. It’s a lot more. There’s a lot more racism than you guys think.”Smith-Pelly was sitting in the penalty box in the third period of Saturday night’s 7-1 loss to Chicago when the fans yelled “basketball, basketball, basketball” toward the winger, who is black. An off-ice official sitting next to Smith-Pelly notified United Center security and the fans were promptly ejected. Share on LinkedIn The Chicago Blackhawks have banned four fans from their home games for directing racist taunts toward Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly. The Blackhawks also apologized to Smith-Pelly and the Capitals.“Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks,” team spokesman Adam Rogowin said on Monday. Share on Messenger Share via Emaillast_img read more