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Fans, players and writers support Wayne Simmonds after racial taunt

Sep 23, 2011, 1:11 PM EST

Wayne Simmonds AP

As you probably already know, at least one fan threw a banana at black Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds during a neutral-site preseason game in London, Ontario last night. It was a truly revolting moment of racism, but sadly far from the only incident in recent hockey history.

The hope is that such an awful scene doesn’t paint broad brushstrokes about the hockey community in general. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said it well when he called it a “stupid and ignorant action” that shouldn’t represent fans in London, Ontario as a whole.

Thankfully, that ugly situation prompted a lot of support for Simmonds among hockey teammates and opponents as well as fans and writers. First, let’s take a look at what a few of his colleagues had to say via Twitter, with help from this NHL.com article. (Note: some shorthand has been corrected.)

St. Louis Blues forward Chris Stewart:

The incident that happened in london tonight involving my best friend wayne simmonds was simply disgusting, it’s 2011 people need to grow up.

San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture:

Wayne Simmonds is a good friend of mine. To hear what happened tonight to him in my hometown is awful. No need for this in sports, or life.

Former goalie and current TV analyst Kevin Weekes (in three parts):

For those that asked: I’m extremely disappointed with what happened to Wayne Simmonds tonight in London Ont. We’ve taken HUGE steps to grow the game of hockey. As I speak Willie O’Ree and I are in D.C attending the Black Congressional Caucus on behalf of the #NHL and ironically this takes place. :( There’s NO place for this in sports since sport connects us not divides us.

As far as hockey writers and fans go, CSNPhilly.com gathered some of the reactions in this article. Here’s a quick excerpt.

By hockey writer Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP)
Covered Wayne Simmonds for entire 3 years with Kings. His response to an ignorant act displays the same class I’ve seen since day one.

By Rob Kennedy (@robk35)
Heard what happened to Wayne Simmonds. people quit giving hockey a bad name by ruthless and classless acts, hockey is a gentleman’s game.

By Heather (@owlssinitaly)
Whoever threw that banana at Wayne Simmonds needs to get slapped.

I have to agree with Heather on that one.

  1. capsrockva - Sep 23, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Fans should’ve pointed that person out to security

  2. spiffy53 - Sep 23, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    at some point, someone needs to have the guts to stand up and point this idiot out. if the ticket was not purchased by cash, a credit card transaction for that seat will get this pointed in the right direction. the owner of the credit card can either fess up or point out which of his nitwit friends did it.

  3. lesleyvissersfacelift - Sep 23, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    F Canada

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 23, 2011 at 6:02 PM

      Troll

  4. urteamsux52 - Sep 23, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    dam canadains lack of respect hould protect your country with our men and women in the arm forces

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 23, 2011 at 6:03 PM

      Stupider troll

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 23, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Idky people are blaming Canadians for this act. Could have easily been one of us Americans. You do realize London, Ontario is 2 hours away for Detroit, Michigan?

  6. jbraxton3rd - Sep 23, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Unfortunately, minorities are used to being insulted by white people. That’s what white people do.

  7. urteamsux52 - Sep 24, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    an american would not throw a banana at a black man its a canadian who is afraid america’s inner cities starts playing hockey then o canada would never beat us hate canada for doing that stupid act you tube it it was a canadian

    • govtminion - Sep 24, 2011 at 9:04 AM

      I dare you to make less sense.

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