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Ontario police press charges on man suspected of throwing banana at Wayne Simmonds

Sep 28, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

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One day after news circulated that police found a suspect in the awful case of a fan throwing a banana peel at black Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds, various reports indicate that they’ve pressed charges. Simmonds shook off that distraction while he completed a successful shootout attempt during a neutral-site preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings on Sept. 22.

London, Ontario native Chris Moorhouse has been charged with “engaging in a prohibited activity on a premise under the provincial Trespass to Property Act” for his alleged involvement in that ugly situation. CTV reports that a conviction carries a maximum fine of $2,000.

Moorhouse, who is 26 years old, reportedly expressed remorse for what London police Const. Dennis Rivest believes wasn’t “anything more than a lapse in judgment.” The National Post reports that details about his first court date haven’t been revealed yet.

  1. illcomm - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Please no fine or jail time. Just make the guy do some community service. In the end, people will be better served and a greater lesson will be learned.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:07 PM

      In what way?

      • spiffy53 - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:42 PM

        a fine and community service. the max $2k fine won’t cover the $10k to keep his sorry as$ in jail by the taxpayers. plus, he will wish he wasn’t such an idiot and jerk after his 50 hours picking up highway trash. have him serve it half in the middle of winter and then the other half in the middle of the summer. that way he gets both extremes.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 28, 2011 at 4:28 PM

        I like where you head is @.

  2. nolliabed - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Are you kidding me?????? The ONLY reason this is even an issue is because he’s black. It’s a f%$#king bannana peel. Not a bucket of razor blades. I swear……and everyone who reads this knows that if the guy was white you would have never ever heard about this. You can’t have it both ways. Black people want equality only when it’s in their favor. Think about what I said and you will realize just how true that statement is.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:44 PM

      ummm what? The fact the guy threw a banana was a display of racism. It’s the racism that’s the issue here, not the fact something was thrown at a player. I have no idea why you took the time to even post this garbage

    • Kristenaux - Sep 28, 2011 at 4:24 PM

      Um….you’ve gotta keep up here. Yes it was because he’s black…the whole act & the whole charge is because he was black. O.o Racism?

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 28, 2011 at 4:29 PM

      You can’t be serious right? C’mon dude. Ignorance really is bliss.

  3. philsosexy - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    nolliabed are you stupid? obviously it was because he was black..it was an f ing banana. If it was a random object it wouldn’t have mattered. It was a racial issue dumb*** not just a thrown object thing. Stuff like that happens every game

  4. jpelle82 - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    i dont get the correlation between a banana and a black player….or how its racist. banana peels are meant to make you slip and fall down.

  5. philsosexy - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Soooo you know what the word correlation means, but you don’t know that bananas to a black person is a “monkey” reference

    • jpelle82 - Sep 28, 2011 at 6:16 PM

      you prove my point….the people that think monkey are the racists

  6. canucks18 - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Philo are inferring something? What you just said was racist!!! Tisk tisk.

  7. Kristenaux - Sep 28, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    I can’t buy the ‘lapse in judgement’ as him being excused for what he did. Jeez! Getting behind the wheel of a car while drunk is a lapse in judgement. Trying to hold up a convenience store is a lapse in judgement…so is beating someone up or shooting someone in a fit a anger. So we’re supposed to let that go too because it’s a lapse in judgement?

    I don’t think jail time or anything like that is called for, but don’t minimize what he did either by using cliched phrases.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 28, 2011 at 4:54 PM

      Harder to buy the lack of judgement excuse given he brought a banana to a hockey game. Pretty sure they don’t sell those at the concession stands. He knew well before he got to the rink what he was going to do, knew it was disgusting, waited all game, and still went ahead with it. Just a total jerk at a loss for words now that he has to answer for his stupidity

  8. canucks18 - Sep 28, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    I think people need to realize that when you treat situations like this with such media presence it gives the “racists” what they are looking for which is the attention. If he’s gonna get in s$&@ then give him whats coming but don’t fuel other people that might not know about it otherwise, and give younger people the chance to continue to bring racism to the front of everyones minds with all the attention.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 28, 2011 at 4:55 PM

      Ignoring racism won’t make it go away

  9. Amadeus - Sep 28, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    So if he threw an orange it would have been no big deal. If he had thrown a watermelon, he’d probably get charged with a hate crime.

  10. canucks18 - Sep 28, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    But making it a huge media frenzy wont make some dipsh$! Think that he too can have 10seconds of fame??? Why do you think people streak at games? Cause they sll think they need to show off their junk??? NO its because they know they will get their shot on TV no matter what!

  11. canucks18 - Sep 28, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Of course we should speak out against racism and We should address it but not show these people getting on TV for it…

  12. denverdude7 - Sep 28, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    I understand this was the irresponsible act of a racist that will and should be punished. What I don’t understand is why the NHL continues to let it’s players fight on the ice, during games and punishes them with only a few minutes in the penalty box. A lot of NHL teams even an employ a player who can barely even skate to do nothing more than be the designated “hitter”.

    Talk about two-faced morals. Arrest and fine a man for setting a bad example for children while allowing the players themselves to set bad examples for children on a nightly basis.

    The Ontario police should start arresting the players as well. Obviously the NHL isn’t going to do anything about it.

    PS: Don’t give me that crap about a player who could have slipped on the banana peel either. He could have slipped on a hat or an octopuss carcass just as easily.

  13. muhangis - Sep 28, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    denver: Could you please type something that has atleast some relevance to the thread. And you just lost all credibility with the phrase “the Ontario police should start arresting the players as well.” For fighting on the ice…. Give me a f’in break!

    Just use a little more careful logic and reasoning please.

    Bottom line: You’re not going to be able to take the tradition away from the ice. “The bad example for children” should ban them from watching action or karate movies too… Dork

  14. billyhoyle4real - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    If it was squid or octopus it would have been shoveled off the ice and stuffed into a trash can. However it wasn’t, it was a racially motivated gesture. I have an idea, lets put this guys mom in an arena and whip eggs at her and hold signs if you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen or put him in an arena and throw feces at him and make him pick it up, P.O.S.
    I’m white, I can’t jump and Billy Hoyle would never have done Sidney Deane like that, even after he hustled him out of Rosie Perez’s loot. It’s 2011 people…
    I’ll stop with the early 90’s basketball movie references when sports fans get the message… watch White Men Can’t Jump and you might learn how to treat each other with some respect.

  15. rolandsloan - Oct 4, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    Lapse of judgement? Who takes a banana to a hockey game? Seems premeditated to me.

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