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by George Malik on 01/05/12 at 01:50 PM ET
Via the Miami Herald’s George Richards:
#FlaPanthers Krys Barch suspended one game for insensitive remarks
We still don’t know what Barch may or may not have said to Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, but we know it was bad enough to warrant a suspension.
Update: Interesting stuff from the Sporting News’s Jesse Spector:
#FlaPanthers Krys Barch suspension was under Colin Campbell’s purview, not Brendan Shanahan’s.
Barch said Campbell told him if it had been racial, he would’ve gotten 5-10 games.
Update #2: Per Richards:
Word is #FlaPanthers Krys Barch gets 1 game for asking PK Subban if he ‘slipped on a banana peel’ after going down in fight w/ Gudbranson
Update #3: Barch spoke to the Sporting News’s Jesse Spector about his suspension:
“The things maybe I said were pretty explicit and maybe not for kids’ ears ... My grandma wouldn’t want to hear it, let’s put it that way,” Barch told Sporting News’ Jesse Spector in New York on Thursday. He’ll miss Florida’s game against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Barch was ejected from Florida’s Jan. 31 game against Montreal for, a league official told The Miami Herald, directing a racial slur at Subban that was overheard by a linesman. Subban is black. In the aftermath, the Panthers said that it was a misunderstanding, and that Barch said something inappropriate that was not racial.
By Thursday the NHL agreed; Barch said that league executive Colin Campbell, who handled the matter, backed up the players’ assertion that whatever was said wasn’t racial—and based his judgment accordingly.
” ‘If there was any question that this was racial, you’d be done five to 10 games, and (the decision) would be done the day after,” Barch said, quoting Campbell.
Barch, 31, apologized profusely for whatever he said and the misunderstanding it apparently created but would not repeat the original phrase—only offering that it was vulgar without being racist.
“I never would ever say anything unjust or racial toward somebody else,” Barch told Sporting News.
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