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Simmonds leaves Czech team as fans arrested for racist chants

Nov 14, 2012, 12:41 PM EDT

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Wayne Simmonds‘ time in Europe has come to an abrupt end.

On Wednesday, Czech Extraliga club Liberec announced Simmonds and St. Louis Blues forward Chris Stewart had left the team — departures that, related or not, coincided with the arrest of eight fans alleged to have made racial taunts towards Simmonds during a Oct. 28 game between Liberec and Chomutov.

News of Stewart leaving the club actually broke yesterday, when it was announced he’d be rejoining German league team Crimmitschau, which he left in October to join to Liberec.

Simmonds’ departure seemed to catch the Czech club by surprise. That’s the impression one gets from a statement released by Liberec GM Ctibora Jecha (WARNING: Sketchy Google translate ahead.)

The end of the engagement Wayne Simmonds and Chris Stewart, we did not expect. Their course of action was very substandard and also in view of the fact that both had an interview a few days ago with a new head coach Philip Pesanem with which discussed the current situation and their future with the White Tigers.

We also meet their wishes not to go with us to match European Trophy in Bern, with regard to new negotiations in the NHL. This unilateral decision by the two players, came at a time when the whole production team traveled to Switzerland for a game with the players, there was no negotiation or consultation. Their decision was communicated to us by telephone through an agent…

…The player [Simmonds] told us that is some serious family reasons forced to immediately return home to Canada, and thus end their engagement in Liberec.

In the case of the continuation of the NHL lockout is not excluded by Simmonds return to Liberec in the Czech Republic has ever had a valid contract. This option but does not seem too likely.

As for the eight Chomutov fans facing trial for “misdemeanor disorderly conduct and defamation,” here’s Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy:

They face a hearing on Jan. 9, 2013, in Chomutov District Court and could be sentenced to a maximum of three years in prison.

The Czech site [] reports that the rowdy fans calls themselves the “Black Commandos”, attending games in a black hooded sweatshirt and scarf, imbibing a considerable amount of booze before games.

(One of the accused fans, Radek Pribyl, said he had 10 beers and two shots but was only “mildly drunk” because he’s “trained” for that level of consumption.)

Some of the fans claim they joined the “monkey” chants but didn’t start them; others claim they didn’t join them at all.

It should be noted that, last week, Simmonds told Yahoo’s Nick Cotsonika he didn’t plan on letting the racist taunts affect him.

“I’ve enjoyed myself since I’ve been in Europe, and I intend to keep enjoying myself,” he explained. “That’s definitely not going to keep me down. I can tell you that.”

UPDATE: For more context on the situation, here’s Cotsonika…


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  1. mmchugh619 - Nov 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Sad to see that in this day and age, that this still goes on. Eight people being arrested is an example of far we haven’t come as a society. Whether he has a family emergency to attend to at home, left due to a concern for his safety, or just didn’t feel like dealing with level of ignorance, Simmonds should be applauded for the class he has handle himself with in this case and others he has faced.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    That’s unfortunate. When I was at the World Championships the Czech fans were the best, most fun fans of any country in the tourny. I guess there really are idiots everywhere you look.

  3. sjsharks66 - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Arrested? For words? This has to be a joke. Even if they are racist, how do you take time to find eight people who used the word to arrest.

    • mrchainbluelightning - Nov 14, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      Go walk into pretty much any business in the North America and start calling their employees names (words) and see how long before the cops show up and put up in cuffs and lead you out.

      They are not people walking the streets or in their homes using “words” they are entering a business that is selling a product and they are hurting business with their “words”

      Amazing how many stupid people think their rights extend everywhere and anywhere.
      Look there are 7 of them right now with their thumbs up.

      They probably think “free speech” applies everywhere and anywhere as well.

  4. habsman - Nov 14, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Living and playing in cesspool like Boston would be just as bad or worse for these two guys. I really feel sorry for Malcolm Subban.

    • kitshky - Nov 14, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      You are nothing (almost quite literally) if not consistent…

    • psousa1 - Nov 14, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      Instead of being with all those loving and accepting Quebec-ers.

    • gallyhatch - Nov 14, 2012 at 8:46 PM

      Someone from Montreal should know a thing or two about intolerant behavior, just look at the example they are are setting for the rest of the world.

    • bearcountry17 - Nov 14, 2012 at 9:18 PM

      Tell that to Anson Carter
      “They had heard all the talk about Boston being racist, but I got nothing but love there,” said Carter, who scored 70 goals for the Bruins. ”I was a black hockey player – so what. I was a Bruin, and that’s all that mattered.”

      give your head a shake.

    • stickbewooden - Nov 15, 2012 at 5:06 PM

      You must secretly have a pair of Bobby Orr pajamas…

  5. sjsharks66 - Nov 14, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Like I said, words. Escorted out for using them, yes of course. Found about a month later after using it and being arrested for it? That’s insane.
    It’s time to grow up and accept that the world is not perfect. Things like this happen more than you would think.

    • sizzle299 - Nov 15, 2012 at 8:07 AM

      you are an idiot. time to shut up.

  6. wethog66 - Nov 15, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    I thought only us Lowly colonists here in the states used racial taunts at sporting events. Shocked to read something like this taking place in high cultured Europe. Simply shocked.

    • zetaone - Nov 16, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      You’d be shocked to learned how “uncultered” parts of eastern Europe / western Asia is.

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