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Wild prospect suspended two games for Grammys-related gay slur on Twitter

Feb 14, 2012, 12:54 AM EDT

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Minnesota Wild prospect Justin Fontaine isn’t just a little too green for the NHL.

His social media inexperience reared its ugly head this weekend, as the team handed him a two-game minor league suspension for using a gay slur in a Tweet, according to Michael Russo.

Fontaine made the offending Tweet regarding a Grammy nod for the Foo Fighters, which was then re-Tweeted by fellow teammate and Houston Aeros captain Jon DiSalvatore (screen shot via Bryan Reynolds of Hockey Wilderness).

(Warning: offensive language below.)


Fontaine was quick to apologize for the misstep:


Read more on the subject – including various responses and lessons that can be taken from it – at Hockey Wilderness, but here’s the Wild’s statement via Russo:

“Minnesota Sports and Entertainment (MSE) apologizes for the offensive slur that was posted by Justin Fontaine on Twitter last night,” the Wild said in a statement Monday night. “Fontaine has been suspended from playing in the next two games for the Houston Aeros.”

Russo points out that 12 Wild prospects and three NHL-level players (Justin Falk, Matt Kassian and Devin Setoguchi) are on Twitter. Something tells me that they’ll probably think twice before they write mean things about Dave Grohl’s meal ticket – among other subjects – in the future, then.

  1. crambow - Feb 14, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Lighten up, League. Really weak exposure.

  2. bethgoesglobal - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    I don’t know a single gay person who would have seen this statement as a “gay-slur”, and I will be the first to admit that I can be a little PC-sensitive. (in relation to the average “joe”- I’d actually be hyper-sensitive) This is just ridiculous!

  3. creasemasta41 - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    I cant believe that a team is really gonna suspend someone for something as stupid as this. Cue tim thomas and his next fb post about freedom of speech

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:36 PM

      it’s easy to teach him a social media lesson now than later in his career… weather it was right to in the first place is to be debated but message sent.

  4. vincentbojackson - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:50 AM

    What does Fontaine have against a group of guys that spend their lives courageously fighting foo?

  5. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 14, 2012 at 6:09 AM

    foo fighters will always be better than that no talent pool of anus blood

  6. brian1413 - Feb 14, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    This is so dumb I mean come on league it’s not like F@ggots buy hockey tickets so who cares.

  7. quixotissimo - Feb 14, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    Stay classy, commenters

  8. bananaballs - Feb 14, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Its times like this that I wish the South Park episode where the motorcycle riders invade the town became standard watching material for all involved. This isnt a gay slur, it’s only been made one by those who wish it to be that way.

  9. jrmehle - Feb 14, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    You commenters disgust me. Did Fontaine use a word that is often used to talk about gay people negatively? Yes. Did he use it in a derogatory way? Yes. This is absolutely unacceptable in today’s society and the Wild organization was correct to punish the player.

    • highpowered350 - Feb 14, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      Don’t let a few bad apples spoil a buncha Faggots

  10. ottograham - Feb 14, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    JRMEHLE you need to view South Park episode “The F Word” and have your opinions opened up a little. I understand where youre coming from this sensizing of American spirit is, well, its rather lame.

    • jrmehle - Feb 16, 2012 at 9:08 AM

      I’ve seen plenty of South Park and trust me, my mind is open. This goes beyond having an open mind. I’m tired of seeing people brush this kind of stuff off like it’s harmless, because it’s not. I interact with people who are gay on a daily basis, I have friends who are gay, and I’m sure there are gay NHL players. There are also surely gay members of the hockey community. Have some respect for them.

      Fontaine is 24. He’s not some kid who doesn’t know better. He’s an adult and should act like it.

  11. ottograham - Feb 14, 2012 at 9:58 AM


  12. jond86 - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Foo Faggots is pretty damn funny. Everyone needs to lighten up and stop getting so butt hurt about everything. Quickly becoming a feminine society. Wait I have an idea all the homo’s can get together and sue this guy. Should def solve the problem.

  13. kingjoe1 - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    What is absurd is that he could have said that the Foo Fighters suck #@#* and been okay, but because he used the word he did he is being homophobic. We are one screwed up country.

  14. richwizl - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Politics, politics; faggotry is just plain wrong and stop telling our children it’s right!

  15. highpowered350 - Feb 14, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    It’s like my Father used to say ” Stop acting like such a Faggot, your embarrassing me “

  16. guinsrule - Feb 14, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Is it fags or faggots? It’s like who and whom, always confuses me.

  17. changingipaddyishardstuff - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Yup certainly is hard to change an IP
    Oh Wait

    James you pathetic hack

  18. tmjm621 - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Queers bother me….

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