Blackhawks kick out four fans for racially taunting black player

Greg Lawrence
February 21, 2018

It's a lot more. Smith-Pelly was visibly upset by the taunting, at one point tapping the glass separating him from the fans.

The fans were informed of the decision by the team, a Blackhawks team spokesman wrote in an email to the AP on Monday.

NBC Sports Washington's Tarik El-Bashir reported Smith-Pelly would likely "address the situation at the next media availability".

During the third period of Chicago's 7-1 win, Smith-Pelly was in the penalty box when a small group chanted "basketball" at him, because Smith-Pelly is black. And that is why hockey is such a special sport. "You just want to ... do what you love every day. A few ignorant people being idiots - that's it".

"Once you buy that there's a connection between race and ability, it's a slippery slope to the bad stuff: black people are lazy, Jewish people are cheap", Devarajan continued.

"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.

"You've got to start calling people out and making sure other people see people's true colors".

This incident just goes to show that people with hate in their hearts don't care about your economic or social status; there are no limits to their racism or how low they will stoop with it.

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Added Blackhawks forward Anthony Duclair: "I'm glad that it was caught on camera and that Devo actually spoke out".

"The National Hockey League condemns this unacceptable and reprehensible behavior", Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

The Blackhawks issued a statement Saturday night.

The team also is involved with the Inner-City Education Program, which was established in 2003 with the intent to give youth from low-income families educational and hockey opportunities that might not otherwise have been available.

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy", once said Martin Luther King Jr.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville called the action of the four fans "totally unacceptable".

Capitals coach Barry Trotz reiterated his postgame comments by saying there's no place for racism in hockey or the country.

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