Nov 15, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT
The signing was also confirmed by Chimera’s agent, Alan Walsh.
Fairly or not, eyebrows will be raised given Chimera has agreed to join a team that’s been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately.
During a game on Oct. 28, Chomutov fans rained down racist chants on ex-Liberec forward Wayne Simmonds — “Opice”, which translates to “monkey” in English — and fallout from the incident has been widespread.
Chomutov officials immediately addressed the situation and sent an apology letter to Simmonds condemning the actions, but the club was still fined by the Extraliga.
Then, this week, the story was back in the news.
On the same day Simmonds and Stewart left Liberec, reports surfaced that eight Chomutov fans allegedly involved in the chants had been arrested and charged with “misdemeanor disorderly conduct and defamation of nation, race and other ethnic groups.”
[They attend] 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.
The prosecution has accused the fans of chanting “‘hu hu hu’, ‘Ku Klux Klan’ and the song ‘Dead Gypsy floating in the river.'” (Rough translation, but that last song is an extremist staple.)
The fans claim the “gypsy” song is an arena standard, aimed at the referees. As for the other chant, Pribyl is quoted by iDNES.cz as saying:
“Ku Klux Klan has always sung to We Will Rock You. Racism has nothing to do [with it].”
Yahoo!’s Nick Cotsonika spoke with Simmonds after the incident. The Flyers winger said nobody from Chomutov told him about the chants — he learned what they meant and learned of the club’s apology letter on the Internet.
The Czechs were embarrassed. Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and say they had the absolute best intentions. As defenseman Ladislav Smid said then, they didn’t want to make Simmonds feel uncomfortable. But their silence might have made him feel more uncomfortable.
Simmonds later told Smid he should have told him.
On Wednesday, Simmonds’ agent spoke to USA Today about his client’s departure.
“I don’t want to say it didn’t have anything to do [with the racial taunts],” King explained. “But it was a bunch of things that added up.”
Apr 25, 2015, 11:03 PM EDT
A six-game series that felt like (at least) seven.
Apr 25, 2015, 10:31 PM EDT
Wild stuff at the Saddledome tonight.
Apr 25, 2015, 9:59 PM EDT
Vancouver looking to avoid elimination for the second straight game.
Apr 25, 2015, 9:55 PM EDT
Zero goals in five playoff games.
Apr 25, 2015, 9:18 PM EDT
A healthy tally.
Apr 25, 2015, 8:50 PM EDT
Putting on a clinic.
Apr 25, 2015, 8:41 PM EDT
Corey Crawford’s back in.
Apr 25, 2015, 7:37 PM EDT
The Islanders won 3-1 in Game 6.
Apr 25, 2015, 6:59 PM EDT
No penalty on the play.
Apr 25, 2015, 6:10 PM EDT
He made his postseason debut in Game 4.
Apr 25, 2015, 6:03 PM EDT
Plenty of life on Long Island.
Apr 25, 2015, 5:48 PM EDT
Apr 25, 2015, 5:20 PM EDT
Keep this bounce in mind in the third period.
Apr 25, 2015, 4:58 PM EDT
He’s been ruled out of the series due to a rib injury.
Apr 25, 2015, 4:25 PM EDT
Carlson has his first of the playoffs.
Apr 25, 2015, 4:15 PM EDT
Kudos to the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and the Decatur Civic Center in Decatur, Illinois.
Apr 25, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT
He’ll backup for a fourth straight game.
Apr 25, 2015, 2:55 PM EDT
New York, Nashville and Vancouver are all facing elimination today.
Apr 25, 2015, 2:25 PM EDT
Both were in their first season with the hockey club.
Apr 25, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT
He helped Russia win gold last year.
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