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Bruins “very disappointed” by racist tweets; Simmonds calls those responsible “gutless”

Apr 26, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

Wayne Simmonds Getty Images

The Boston Bruins released the following statement condemning the racist tweets that followed Joel Ward’s overtime goal last night at TD Garden:

“The Bruins are very disappointed by the racist comments that were made following the game last night. These classless, ignorant views are in no way a reflection of anyone associated with the Bruins organization.”

Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds also addressed the tweets.

“It’s the Internet. They can say whatever they want, and they don’t have to show their faces,” said Simmonds, as per “It’s disgusting. Things like that have happened to me before. It’s not something you want to happen, but it’s sad in this day and age that it continues to happen.”

He added: “It is what it is. People can be as gutless as they want. They don’t have to show up. They just throw a comment out on the Internet and it’s getting kind of ridiculous.”

  1. johart52 - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    It is gutless and classless, no need for that stuff.

  2. hairpie - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Is this really an issue? Who the hell reads “tweets?”

    • kitshky - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      Totally! And while we’re on the topic … why are we even wasting our time on this interbox fad!?!

    • hairpie - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      25 thumbs down? do you people really read that stuff? i wouldnt have known there was a “tweet” if this site didnt mention it. Where do you even find it?

      • ray2013 - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:34 PM


    • hairpie - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      I know what twitter is, but i cant imagine caring enough about what someone says to go there, log on and sift through thousands of “tweets” to find something racist. who the hell cares???

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:58 PM

        Other people care. Which is fine.
        You don’t. Which is also fine.

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:26 PM

        It’s maddening listening to someone who clearly doesn’t understand social media try to explain how useless it is. Nobody went through “thousands of tweets” searching for racism. Racism popped out while people were using the site as they usually do. Think of it as being on a train… When someone screams out the “n” word. You didn’t have to ask everyone on the train if they were racist, right? You just came across racism.

        More likely than not, however, people know about the tweets from stories like this and not actually seeing it first hand from the “racists” pages. . For example.. I saw a tweet from a sports writer who mentioned the story and got all my info from that in less than 2 minutes not hours like youre thinking. Thats why billlions of people use social media: convenience. It helps if you are familiar with something before you assume you know how it operates.

      • hairpie - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:38 PM

        lol @ “tweets”

      • chingiss - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:34 PM

        You don’t have to “sift” through but a few tweets to understand racism exists.What country are you from that you don’t know racists live amongst us. They are as the roaches in your house.

      • hairpie - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:46 PM

        who’s denying racism? its everywhere for people of all ethnic backgrounds. thats very irresponsible for you to say.

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM

        You know what’s ir

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:46 PM

        You know what’s ironically ignorant? You laugh at the word “tweets” by using “lol”… Judging by your previous comments I don’t expect you to know why it’s ironic. But it is.

      • hairpie - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        why do you love “tweets” so much? give it a rest man. jeez. lol

      • bdawk20 - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:59 PM

        So hairpie is the idiot that would commit a crime and then post the video of it on Twitter (yes this has happened and yes people are caught this way). I always thought that was something too stupid to believe, but here you are, right in with the rest of us.

      • hairpie - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM

        that makes no sense at all. why are you guys so in love with twitter? its not that big a deal, really.

      • kitshky - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:17 PM

        I gotta think hairpie is just taking the piss here…

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:36 PM

        I don’t “love tweets” as much as I can’t stand people who try to belittle things they obviously know nothing about. You started the thread with misinformation about Twitter… So I gave you the right information…

  3. nikodmus - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    It’s sad that a handful of idiots can perpetuate a stereotype about an entire city. Disgusting and gutless, absolutely. But also irresponsible to attribute the views of a few to an entire city and fanbase when they certainly aren’t reflective of the overwhelming majority who don’t care what color the guy who just beat us in game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Ron Borges is a moron, btw.

    • obamablowz - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      Just like Philadelphia fans get bad reputation for a few right?

      • imleftcoast - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:44 PM

        Just like Vancouver fans get a bad reputation for a few idiots, right? The same riot jokes for a year and now Boston fans are the victims. boo-hoo

    • boltsfan91 - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      I grew up a Bruins fan until one of the greatest Bruins of all time, Phil Esposito, brought Florida a hockey team with the Tampa Bay Lightning. I can honestly say that I have had more run-ins with fans of any Boston team at multiple sporting events. I honestly don’t believe ALL Boston fans are this way. But, it’s understandable where the reputation comes from. It honestly isn’t just a handful. It is sad that the city where my family is from has such a bad reputation, but with things like these racist tweets still continuing to happen, I don’t see the reputation going away any time soon. It is VERY embarrassing. Even to me, I have family that still live in Boston and are die-hard Bruins/Celtics/Patriots fans and they aren’t like this. I try to stand up for my family and my Boston heritage but it is really difficult when these things continue to happen.

  4. micklethepickle - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Anyone (that isn’t white) who has ever been to or lived in Boston isn’t surprised by this in the least. I’ve lived in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee… and still, the only time in my life that I’ve heard complete strangers call a black man the N-word to his face walking down the street was in Beantown.

    • rhodefan - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:38 PM

      I have family in Alabama, and I’ll dispute that point. I think you just missed it. Not that it didn’t happen in Boston, but I’ve heard it plenty in the South. The point? We’re giving way too much air time to the lunatic fringe. Nice to see how many people are shouting down the idiots. I think that’s the real story here – a few morons can’t undo the progress of the majority.

    • chingiss - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      Oh, it’s said plenty in Texas too. I actually heard a white man say the N word to a black cop when he was warned for illegally parking in a handicapped space. If our president is reelected you will hear it regularly on thousands of sidewalks across the country.

  5. hagigun - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Keep scoring goals Joel. You are a hockey player pure and simple. Real fans don’t care what color you are, where you are from, just keeping playing hard and try not to worry what the extremists and idiot racists are saying.

    Although with all these negative tweets and stuff from a few bitter racist fans…doesn’t it almost have to make it that much sweeter for Joel? I mean, when you can anger your opponents fans so much that they go straight to Racism…you know you scored a big goal baby! Way to go Joel, keep the head high bud.

  6. justicemsb - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    What really gets me is that these people that are tweeting probably aren’t even hockey fans. Makes me ill. My husband thought that goal was the prettiest thing he ever saw since he’s a Caps fan(oh, and I’m a DIEHARD Flyers fan, whose favorite number happens to be 17). Doesn’t matter what color the scorer was. What matters is that he is a GOOD HOCKEY PLAYER.

  7. theralph2012 - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    The most disgusting thing about this is the rep the city is getting from a bunch of knuckleheads, who may not even live in the city!!! Why is this ground-breaking news? People post hateful things on the internet every single day, doesn’t make it right, but it also doesn’t make it newsworthy. Twitter is full of hacks who will say whatever they can to get recognized, and credit the media weasels who publish this kind of stuff for giving them their wish.

  8. bleedingteal4life - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    If u don’t like it don’t go on the Internet. Freedom of speech, even if it is the most ridiculous, obnoxious, offensive thing you have ever heard.

    • obamablowz - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      If i’m on the internet I probably didn’t hear it, I read it.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:32 PM

        Only time I ever agreed with a Conservative!

    • drewsylvania - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      Not to mention gutless and cowardly. If you’re going to say stuff like that, at least own it rather than hiding being a handle.

    • lasallehockey81 - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      Nobody is taking away these people’s right to use twitter or say what they want. However, freedom is speech doesn’t mean that there isn’t certain consequences for using that right for hate speech, it just means they won’t go to prison for saying it.

    • bdawk20 - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:06 PM

      Freedom of speech does not allow you to publish content on a platform that you don’t own. No one on Twitter owns it, therefore Freedom of Speech does not apply. You can’t walk into your workplace and start throwing the N word around or writing it on the walls (and yes, it is exactly the same thing. If you don’t think it is, you don’t work in the media world).

  9. drewsylvania - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Love Simmonds’ comments. People need to own what they say much more than they do now.

  10. drewsylvania - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    FWIW I saw a few other logos among those tweets–Sabres and Wings, to name a couple–so it’s not just Bruins fans.

  11. sabatimus - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    I got two words for those classless cowards: Donald Brashear. Put any of those people in a room with him for a minute and they’ll be bloody pieces on the floor.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:35 PM

      Brashear became a vegan and renounced his violent ways. Hard to believe, isn’t it?

  12. willcoop62 - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    If twitter is respectable as they claim, they would have had a filter that would not have allowed the comments to surface. People forget that kids read this crap as well. I guess that’s teaching them good sportsmanship.

  13. afanofhockey - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    ‘The Colored Hockey League of Maritimes in Nova Scotia was formed in 1894 across the providence of Canada before the NHL was established.’ Issue of blacks playing hockey should not be an issue, period.

  14. mclovinhockey - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    I am not tolerant of intolerance.

  15. afanofhockey - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    ‘The Colored Hockey League of Maritime Nova Scotia was formed in 1894 across the providences of Canado. Long before the NHL was established. Blacks playing hockey should not be an issue.

  16. balewsquare - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    So people are mad because a man of what they believe to be an inferior race scored the goal to eliminate last year’s most superior team? But isn’t this sort of a catch 22? If Ward can overcome all of his race obstacles to be able to score a game 7 OT winner, he must be extremely talented, and racists should respect that…right? Or, at the very least, they can imagine how good he would be if he were white!

    • kitshky - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:13 PM

      I’m afraid you might be giving these kinda morons just a lil too much credit..

  17. habsman - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Here’s the thing, Bruin fans hate when things are pointed out to them.

    ie. Gutless sucker punching cheap shot team, who has the son of the head of discipling (a more obvious case of conflict of interest you’ll never find) on their team. And now racist comments from their fan base.

    Their defense?

    Well every city has racist. The media is just making noise. It’s only a few of us….etc.

    Then they’ll point a finger in another direction in an attempt to deflect attention. You’ve got a problem with racism in your city. Deal with it.

    BTW, has anyone seen Colie?

    • bozosforall - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      Just like Pats fans said “every team was filming” after they got caught cheating.

      Just like Red Sox fans said “every team was doing PEDs” after it was revealed that both Ramirez and Ortiz had tested positive for PEDs in 2003.

      It’s always some excuse. Take your lumps, crybaby Boston fans.

  18. fcs34 - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Surprising, Boston sports fans are usually so classy.

  19. sjsharks66 - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Why is simmonds talking about this? Like hes the only African American player in the league besides ward. Why not have Iginlas thoughts, or Subban?

    • lasallehockey81 - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      Probably because Simmonds was at practice and around reporters who could quickly ask his thoughts today whereas Iginla and Subban were not. Plus, Simmonds was involved in that banana throwing racial incident earlier this year.

    • johart52 - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:25 PM

      Why do you always comment on flyers posts? Oh, I mean what else do you have to do when your team isn’t even in the playoffs anymore. Makes sense now.

  20. steve1iron - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Lived in Boston my entire life. The Boston racist issue is grossly overblown. Isolated incident by minority of individuals is played up to be the norm rather than the exception. Twitter comments were unacceptable but not representative of the great city of Boston.

    • critter69 - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:50 PM

      I guess that the riots in South Boston were a figment of our imaginations, then, correct?

  21. yourrealitybites - Apr 26, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    I travel extensively, and have been to most major venues in all professional sports, witnessing teams from all origins play the local favorites. No doubt, Boston fans (in any sport) are classless, overall. No surprise in this story. Sad, but no surprise.

    • thesableo - May 3, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      I really dislike using the word “classless” like this. I can never be sure what you mean by it. If you mean that they are racist, say racist, or if they threw beer at you or something, say they threw beer at you. Few people anywhere- even in Boston- will defend that type of behavior. However, if you mean people jeered you (because you were an opposing fan in their building), then maybe you just have a different definition of what “class” is.
      I also travel a lot. I didn’t think Habs fans were “classless” for jeering me when I visited the Bell Center. They were just being passionate fans. I enjoyed it as much as they did!

  22. bleed4philly - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Newsflash: a lot of racist people in Boston.

  23. eggserino - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    I gotta say, it takes a serious amount of class for Simmonds to continuously respond to this type of idiocy. At what point is the media going to chill out with asking him the question? It’s way more important to have hockey writers decry this act than it is for Simmonds to step to the plate with a quote every time some idiot decides there’s a platform for his/ her racism.

    Hats off to you, Mr. Simmonds. Media, time to put on your big boy pants…

  24. arbruins - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    micklethepickle is one of those faceless people I guess. Knows nothing of Boston but takes something as serious as racism to spread his stupidity and hate. Same thing for you Habsman…why you have not been banned from this sight is a mystery.

    • micklethepickle - Apr 27, 2012 at 8:27 AM

      Hey genius – guess what, I LIVE in Boston, so it’s pretty safe to say I know what I’m talking about. But yea, go ahead and continue to defend the racist antics of that cesspool of hate. You should consider which side of this debate you’re on…. either that, or don’t forget to bleach your white hood before your next meeting!

  25. guinsrule - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    I AM SHOCKED…shocked to see people can still be shocked by something they see on the internet.

    • lasallehockey81 - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:56 PM

      I don’t think it’s shock that’s the issue. It’s disgust and a refusal to let people be publicly racist and get away with it without consequences which, in this case, involved these people’s twitter handles and names being tossed around the Internet. It’s the growth of social media ethics, in a way, not shock.

  26. matthewmacisaac - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Simmonds is right. It’s easy for these douchenozzles to tweet stuff when they don’t have to answer for it. That is why that whole social media is full of useless crap. It is for the dopes who really think Kim Kardashian got married for love and watch stupid crap like those “reality” shows. The only thing that bothers me is that it seems like there are more and more idiots and people will be hanging onto such important information as, “I just bought a cafe’ latte.” Let the idiots keep twitter for themselves.

  27. critter69 - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    What I find ironic is that it was in Boston, at the (so-called) Boston Massacre, that the first person was killed in the American Revolution, and that person was Crispus Attucks, a black man.

    I hear that Boston holds the (so-called) Boston Massacre in high regard. What kind of honor did Boston give to the memory of Crispus Attucks? The city of Indianapolis, Indiana (not even founded when the Boston Massacre occured), honored the memory of Crispus Attucks with a high school.


    • soxfansince63 - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      Isn’t there a statue that was erected in Boston in the 1800’s?

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