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Andrew Shaw Suspended For One Game For Making Use Of A Homophobic Slur

NEW YORK (April 20, 2016) – Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw has been suspended for one game for making use of a homophobic slur during Game 4 of the team’s first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series with the St. Louis Blues in Chicago on Tuesday, April 19, the National Hockey League announced today. Shaw also has been fined $5,000 for directing an inappropriate gesture at the on-ice officials during the same game. In addition, Shaw will be required to undergo sensitivity training.

Both incidents took place at 17:56 of the third period. Shaw will miss Game 5 of the series on Thursday, April 21, in St. Louis.

“While Mr. Shaw was apologetic and remorseful for both the offensive comments and the inappropriate gesture directed at the on-ice officials, he must be held accountable for his actions,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “The emotion of the moment cannot and will not be a mitigating factor for the conduct that is expected of an NHL player.”

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Primis's avatar

1 game somehow seems far too lenient.  In another walk of life, someone could/would lose their job or something over this.

Posted by Primis on 04/20/16 at 03:37 PM ET

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Yet the stick to the face from last night goes quietly into the night unpunished.
DPS is a joke.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/20/16 at 03:40 PM ET

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The .000001 percent have spoken.  Faux outrage is annoying.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 04/20/16 at 03:40 PM ET

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Couldn’t have happened to a better guy.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 04/20/16 at 04:40 PM ET

Does he get a pass because he’s a hockey player?  Or is Primis right?  They’re called “slurs” for a reason - or are you suggesting that it was used as a valid descriptor?  Faux pithiness is annoying.

I’ve seen no evidence that even 0.00000001% of the world’s population is “outraged” - manufacturer or otherwise.

Nice try.

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 04/20/16 at 04:04 PM ET

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Shaw will be required to undergo sensitivity training.

I’m sure that will help. 

Some days, DOPS.  Some days….

Posted by TreKronor on 04/20/16 at 04:05 PM ET

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Does he get a pass because he’s a hockey player?

I would say yes.  Is that wrong?  Is it wrong that we now have HD, 4K, and super audio recording that picks up every little fart on TV and players now have to answer for “words” that they use during what is essentially a battle?

I think it is faux outrage that has caused this severe interest in such small minutia… but then again, in war time I am ok with the notion of waterboarding terrorists so I am probably the anti-Christ to people who think “words” deserve punishment.

Back to your safe place and me to my bunker.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 04/20/16 at 04:23 PM ET

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Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 04/20/16 at 05:23 PM ET

He got a one game suspension from the entertainment organization he works for, he didn’t get arrested.

Posted by weswolverine on 04/20/16 at 04:29 PM ET

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He got a one game suspension from the entertainment organization he works for, he didn’t get arrested.

Who said anything about being arrested?  Or is that how this is played now?  “Look, he deserves to be arrested but we will settle with him publicly apologizing, being labeled a bigot, attending sensitivity training, and being suspended from a playoff game… but if he does it again, we cannot guarantee he will not see jail time”.

As for the entertainment aspect, how about the NHL shut off the microphones if we don’t have adults ok with hearing bad words?

 

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 04/20/16 at 04:37 PM ET

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Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 04/20/16 at 05:37 PM ET

Serious questions:

Would you be okay with a player referring to opponents or referees as a “n——-” or a “bunch of n——-s”? Would it depend on whether the intended target(s) were black or not? Would it depend on the emotional context of the situation?

Can words ever be offensive? If someone called your mother (or wife, or daughter, or you) a c—- and truly meant it as an insult, would that be okay with you?

Should saying hurtful things ever have consequences (whether in a hockey context or in “real life”)?

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 04/20/16 at 04:46 PM ET

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Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 04/20/16 at 05:37 PM ET

What are you on about? You seem to be making this a political issue. It isn’t. There is no free speech here, Andrew Shaw by being an athlete is an entertainer and is public facing and can cause monetary damage to himself and his organization therefore his employer took swift action to condemn the action.

Yes, the outrage (if there even was any) is fake, and yes the condemnation is fake but this is the way of the world. If he got arrested for saying these things, then I’d be foaming at the mouth but he didn’t he just got punished by his employer because he is an idiot for saying this stuff and he should have known better. End of story.

Posted by weswolverine on 04/20/16 at 04:49 PM ET

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I think the fact that he actually did and said this to the refs has gotten comparatively little attention. Makes me wonder if he is quite all right in the head.

Posted by Mr. Fnytelhatt on 04/20/16 at 05:14 PM ET

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I am a fan and supporter of promoting LGBT rights, but this suspension is little too much. Freedom of trash talk in hockey should be untouchable. It should be respected the same way like we respect the freedom of speech in broader society. Without trash talk, hockey will lose its uniqueness and position on sports market.k

Posted by tutoka from Leelanau Peninsula on 04/20/16 at 05:35 PM ET

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I’m not a supporter of the mother f+$%^ LBGT rights group and I agree that trash talk is trash talk, so shut the F#$% up and let hockey players say what they want….. after all my kids hear the F#$%^ this and the F^&*( that even on the Golf channel.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 04/20/16 at 05:47 PM ET

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If this sort of thing earns a suspension, I think we all are lucky we aren’t being filmed while we work because I think, at some point in time, we would all earn some leave without pay.

Suspended for saying that to the ref? I can understand that. Suspended for simply saying it? Better suspend all the players.

Posted by TreKronor on 04/20/16 at 05:55 PM ET

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Who was he calling gay?

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 04/20/16 at 05:56 PM ET

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BigDee - The Ref. He felt it was a bad call and his emotion ran high and he blurted it at the ref. So that’s what I read somewhere.

Posted by ColeCreber on 04/20/16 at 06:09 PM ET

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BigDee - The Ref. He felt it was a bad call and his emotion ran high and he blurted it at the ref. So that’s what I read somewhere.

Posted by ColeCreber on 04/20/16 at 07:09 PM ET

He actually said it twice even.

Posted by Primis on 04/20/16 at 06:12 PM ET

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Lovely.

Posted by ColeCreber on 04/20/16 at 06:21 PM ET

bigdee89's avatar

Geez he could have just called him something else.

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 04/20/16 at 06:35 PM ET

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Serious questions:

Would you be okay with a player referring to opponents or referees as a “n——-” or a “bunch of n——-s”? Would it depend on whether the intended target(s) were black or not? Would it depend on the emotional context of the situation?

Can words ever be offensive? If someone called your mother (or wife, or daughter, or you) a c—- and truly meant it as an insult, would that be okay with you?

Should saying hurtful things ever have consequences (whether in a hockey context or in “real life”)?

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 04/20/16 at 05:46 PM ET

Sven, are you actually attempting to employ Socratic methods of discourse on an issue that most of these peeps can’t even absorb emotionally?

Besides, you’re just furthering the previously mentioned (earlier thread, forget the genius that posted up) pussification of ‘murica. Btw, true fact: we haven’t won a single world war since we let the darker folk into pro ball. Makes you think, huh.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 04/20/16 at 06:39 PM ET

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Hopefully the classless Slackhawks are eliminated Thursday night. angry

Posted by bigfrog on 04/20/16 at 09:23 PM ET

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Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 04/20/16 at 05:23 PM ET

My “safe space” is reality and compassion for my fellow man.

Happy birthday, Hitler.  Enjoy your bunker.

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 04/20/16 at 10:08 PM ET

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In another walk of life, someone could/would lose their job or something over this.

Well, for better or worse, professional hockey is not another walk of life.

In another walk of life I’d be fired if I hit my co-worker with a stick, or if I elbowed him in the face and broke his nose.

Is Andrew Shaw a good guy for saying what he said?  No, of course not, but all he did was call someone a name.

Happy birthday, Hitler.  Enjoy your bunker.

Wow.  Bye bye, credibility!

Can words ever be offensive? If someone called your mother (or wife, or daughter, or you) a c—- and truly meant it as an insult, would that be okay with you?

Yes, of course words can be offensive, but if someone called your mother or wife or daughter or you a c—- then what’s the punishment?

Guaranteed most players in the league have had their mothers or wives or daughters or themselves referred to as c—-s by other players.

How many of them do you think got suspended?  I personally don’t think I have ever heard of someone being suspended for insulting a player’s love ones.

I guess if Shaw was suspended for this than anyone insulting anyone else should also be suspended.

Every single time.

Posted by Garth on 04/21/16 at 09:12 AM ET

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