Black NHL Player Taunted by Racist Remarks During a Game in Chicago

Blackhawks Fans Ejected For Alleged Racist Taunts At Opposing Player

Yet as Devante Smith-Pelly stood in Buffalo on Sunday and described the feeling of racial taunts being directed his way, it was again clear the United States and hockey have a long way to go.

The Chicago Blackhawks earned victory number 59 Saturday night with a 7-1 blowout over the Washington Capitals.

While sitting in the box, the Capitals player said, he was taunted by four Blackhawks fans who chanted, "basketball".

Said Smith-Pelly to the Star: "I can't go to anyone on my team and have them understand really how it is to be in my shoes".

It has always amazed me by how stupid some fans will get because they believe there's nothing the athletes will do. I think that'd be a little stretching on that one. "I think it's important for him to know that, and to know that everyone respects him a ton in this room".

Smith-Pelly echoed his coach's sentiment and said the "racially charged chanting" was "disgusting". "It's happened in hockey before".

Smith-Pelly, who had 12:50 of ice time Saturday, heard the taunt and got up to confront one fan through the glass but was quickly turned around by the penalty box attendant.

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An external security contractor did not follow "standard closing procedures" on the night of the party, Santo said last week. The 24-year-old allegedly touched the left hand of the statue and is said to have broken off a piece, pocketed it and left.

The 25-year-old said he also discussed the situation with his father. You have to start calling people out, making sure people see other people's true colors.

The NHL quickly backed Smith-Pelly. The league designated February as "Hockey Is for Everyone" month, to promote a positive and inclusive environment for everyone in the sport regardless of "race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation and socio-economic status".

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville called the action of the four fans "totally unacceptable". The Capitals player stood and turned to the fans and exchanged words with them before a game official stepped in.

That condemnation came from a league that carries the perception of not having an issue with the Chicago franchise appropriating a famous Native American as its mascot.

Living in the 21st Century, people have become more "socially aware" of human rights and frowned upon racism.

"That's pretty much the main thing for me". My dad always warned me that it could happen. "You just want to ... do what you love every day". "How do I feel? Someone has to figure something out here".

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