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NHL Addresses Racially Or Sexually Based Talk

TORONTO (September 27, 2011)—Colin Campbell, National Hockey League Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, today released the following statement regarding an altercation during Monday night’s pre-season game between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers:

“All Players, Coaches and Officials in the National Hockey League deserve the respect of their peers, and have the absolute right to function in a work environment that is free from racially or sexually-based innuendo or derision. This is the National Hockey League’s policy and it will remain so going forward.

“It also is important to emphasize that the National Hockey League holds, and will continue to hold, our Players to higher standards with respect to their conduct both on and off the ice. While we recognize that the emotion involved in certain on-ice confrontations may lead to the use of highly charged and sometimes offensive language and commentary, certain lines cannot be crossed. Specifically, we have for many years emphasized to our Clubs and Players that commentary directed at the race or ethnicity of other participants in the game (or even non-participants), or that is otherwise socially or morally inappropriate or potentially hurtful—including as it may relate to sexual orientation—is absolutely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

“With that as background, we have looked into the allegations relating to the possible use of a homophobic slur by a Flyers player in the Rangers/Flyers preseason game last night in Philadelphia. Since there are conflicting accounts of what transpired on the ice, we have been unable to substantiate with the necessary degree of certainty what was said and by whom. Specifically, Flyers Player Wayne Simmonds has expressly denied using the homophobic slur he is alleged to have said. Additionally, none of the on-ice officials close to the altercation in question heard any inappropriate slurs uttered by either of the primary antagonists. In light of this, we are unable at this time to take any disciplinary action with respect to last night’s events. To the extent we become aware of additional information conclusively establishing that an inappropriate slur was invoked, we are reserving the option to revisit the matter.”

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Leave it to Colin Campbell to CONTINUE making terrible judgement calls.

If he can’t find enough “evidence” in the clip that we have all seen, which clearly shows Simmonds calling Avery a “f*cking f*ggot” then it simply confirms what we have already long suspected; the man is blind.

Now, it was terrible what happened to Simmonds (the banana). No one deserves that and I was absolutely disgusted by the act. But is the league trying to avoid a feared uproar that would be caused by suspending him?

And why is Simmonds “expressly denying” what he said? Do what Kobe did - own up to your mistake, apologize and learn from it. Don’t take the cowards way out.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 09/28/11 at 03:29 AM ET

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I have heard a lot of reference to the two Simmonds incidents. They are distinctly different.

Banana incident, Fan vs. On Ice Combatant.  Needs to be publicized. Fan needs to be kicked in package.

Homphobic slur incident.  On Ice Combatant vs. On Ice Combatant.  Needs to stay between On Ice Combatants, like in Old Time Hockey.

Speaking of Old Time Hockey, “Hey Hanrahan! Hanrahan!  Suzanne….”

Posted by Cubanpuckstopper on 09/28/11 at 03:05 PM ET

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Shanahan should be able to suspend Campbell.  It’s the only logical solution to Campbell’s illogical actions.

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 09/28/11 at 03:28 PM ET

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I like the Hanrahan reference.  Also the later “Jack Robinson line”  Welcome to PC world.

Posted by 13 user names on 09/28/11 at 08:00 PM ET

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People say things they regret when they are angry.  Tempers boil over inside the lines.  These guys shouldn’t say these things.  Cursing offends me.  Perhaps they should not be allowed to curse as well.  Like I said where do you draw the line?  Fans throwing things is totally different ( or any fan involvement with what’s going on, on the ice.)

Posted by 13 user names on 09/28/11 at 08:04 PM ET

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