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Racist Fans Booted From NHL Game After Shouting 'Basketball' At Black Hockey Player

Racist Fans Booted From NHL Game After Shouting 'Basketball' At Black Hockey Player
Updated 3 months ago

On Saturday night, a group of NHL fans were removed from a hockey game after they chanted racist remarks at a black player for the Washington Capitals, Devante Smith-Pelly. According to the Washington Post, they chanted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at the player.

Sportscaster Darren Haynes tweeted a video that shows Smith-Pelly approaching the disruptors:

The Capitals' coach, Barry Trotz, told CNN:

There is absolutely no place in the game of hockey or in our country for racism and I think it is disgusting.

And the Chicago Blackhawks gave this statement:

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 our games and these actions will never be tolerated.

Many people were shocked:

Others expressed outrage:

Many felt the fans deserved what they got:

Especially in this era, racism must be dealt with swiftly and strongly.


H/T: Twitter, CNN