Blackhawks Ban Fans Who Racially Taunted Devante Smith-Pelly

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Some action has consequences and so do words. On Saturday night in Chicago, Devante Smith-Pelly headed to the penalty box. While in the box, four fans yelled racial slurs at Smith-Pelly, chanting “basketball, basketball, basketball”. Those fans were quickly ejected from the game by arena security. On Monday afternoon, the Blackhawks contacted the fans and told them they were no longer welcome back. This news was reported first by Mark Lazerus, a Blackhawks beat writer for the Chicago Sun-Times

“There’s absolutely no place in the game of hockey or our country for racism. I think it’s disgusting and there’s no place for it. Athletes in our country don’t deserve that. It just shows ignorance,” Trotz told the media Saturday night.

After Sunday’s practice, Smith-Pelly spoke with the media for the first time since the incident. He said, “It’s sad that it’s 2018 and we’re still talking about the same thing over and over.  It’s sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing.”

The NHL, Chicago Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals each released statements following the incident. Big props to the Blackhawks for finding the fans and contacting them in a swift manner.

“It’s so disgusting, as DSP mentioned, that in 2018 we’re talking about this…. I certainly don’t understand taking a shot at someone because of the color of their skin and I hope those fans who are kicked out are identified and never spend another second inside a hockey rink or a sports arena,” said NBC Sports Washington’s Michael Jenkins prior to the Capitals game Monday afternoon against the Sabres on Caps Faceoff.

By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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6 Responses to Blackhawks Ban Fans Who Racially Taunted Devante Smith-Pelly

  1. Stew says:

    Respect the game !
    Playin or watching it’s is why we think it’s the greatest game in the world !
    Talk the crap to your tv 📺

    Liked by 1 person

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