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Banana-tosser is “mortified” by his racist gesture, is pretty foolish

Sep 29, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

Wayne Simmonds AP

Chris Moorhouse is going down in hockey history as the guy who’ll forever be known as the guy that made a disgusting, racist gesture towards Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds by tossing a banana at Simmonds during a shootout attempt.

Whether Moorhouse is either completely ignorant of racist gestures, living a sheltered life, or adding “boldfaced liar” to his résumé, his attorney says that Moorhouse had no idea that such a tactic was viewed as being racist.

The Globe And Mail has the details from Moorhouse’s attorney as to what his take is on the entire situation. Set your faces for “disbelief.”

Faisal Joseph says Chris Moorhouse was caught up in the drama of a tense game featuring his favourite hockey team and threw the fruit in hopes of preventing the winning goal.

Moorhouse has admitted to throwing a banana at Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds, but Joseph says his client was unaware of the racial overtones of his actions.

Joseph says Moorhouse is “mortified” and deeply remorseful for the incident and fears it has clouded the reputation of his family and home town.

Let’s go down the checklist here. Moorhouse was caught up in the excitement of a preseason game shootout, had no idea about how racist it is to commit such an act, and fears he’s ruined his reputation. Hey, one out of three things being right would make for a great batting average in baseball.

We understand that it’s just his attorney making a plea to have people cool off on his client and pleading ignorance (in this particular way at least) makes for a nice try. We’re not buying it though. Now if Moorhouse had said he was a huge fan of Super Mario Kart and left his red turtle shell at home and grabbed the banana instead, we’d find that to be entertaining at least. This plea, however, falls well short of being believable.

Moorhouse was busted for doing something incredibly insensitive and disgusting and is trying very hard to save face. Best of luck there.

  1. rayollie - Sep 29, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    I dont really see the big issue here. Moorhouse was caught up in the game and threw a banana on the ice during the shootout in hopes Wayne Simmonds would slip, right? I see it all the time on the Tom & Jerry cartoons, and it works perfectly. So are you telling me that Tom & Jerry are racist also?

    • selldannysell - Sep 30, 2011 at 9:20 AM

      For you to compare this incident to a cartoon is incredibly ignorant. To educate you, blacks have often been compared to monkeys by racists. Thus, the banana directed at a black man carries HUGE racist overtones. It would be like me throwing something with a swastika drawn on it to a Jew.

  2. sharksfan754 - Sep 29, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    I don’t believe it. He’s using the Mario kart defense!

  3. billyhoyle4real - Sep 29, 2011 at 6:36 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.

  4. trigzter - Sep 29, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    they don’t sell banana’s in stadiums. he thought this out reguardless of the intentions

  5. lesleyvissersfacelift - Sep 29, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    When he was first caught, didn’t he admit we was ashamed? But now he claims ignorance? Then what was the shame for in the first place?

  6. betrayedbylife - Sep 29, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Welcome to life on planet Earth where some people are racist, some people are stupid and some people are both. Let’s just face the facts and move on. He’s dumb, most likely a racist and his actions do not reflect the thoughts, feelings or beliefs of anyone but him. Is hanging this loser out to dry going to benefit anyone (players, fans, etc)? Those of us with even half a brain already know how stupid and disgusting racism is, what point is everyone trying to make?

    • cshearing - Sep 30, 2011 at 8:58 AM

      While I agree there is no need to go overboard in crucifying this guy, some public shame might do wonders. I often get the sense that morons like this believe the silent majority agree with them, but are afraid to say it. Maybe with everyone in the world crying for his head, he might realize that he is the outsider here.

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