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Bruins condemn ‘racist, classless’ tweets by ‘ignorant group of individuals’

May 2, 2014, 1:31 PM EST

P.K. Subban AP

Boston Bruins president Cam Neely issued the following statement today:

“The racist, classless views expressed by an ignorant group of individuals following Thursday’s game via digital media are in no way a reflection of anyone associated with the Bruins organization.”

It’s unfortunate the Bruins felt obligated to publicly remark on what a bunch of idiots were tweeting about PK Subban last night. Perhaps the team was inundated with media requests for comment and felt it should distance themselves. (Again.)

The reality is this: there are many idiots in this world of ours. Have been for a while. But now there is also Twitter, which gives those idiots a digital platform and connects them to the rest of us.

It sucks for guys like Subban, Wayne Simmonds, and Joel Ward, because they didn’t do anything to deserve the abuse. And if teams want to keep commenting every time something like this happens, we’ll keep posting what they say. Because maybe a good shaming of the latest “ignorant group of individuals” will make others think twice about tweeting idiotic stuff.

But please, let’s not waste too much time on what idiots are tweeting during a hockey game.

After all, they are idiots.

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  1. habs9 - May 2, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    wow this is an insane amount of comments….i mean most of the time on here ppl wont stop professing their hate for PK…but it seems to me that everytime his name gets brought up in the media he is the most talked about story for at least a week…..makes you wonder…..outside of Crosby non-nhl fans will soon identify the NHL with PK Subban….thats worse news for you racists! but great news for the NHL in terms of selling the sport around the world

  2. bobanddy - May 2, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Yes, there were some ingnorant tweets from “Bruins fans”. But the Bruins have a huge following and these people may not even live near Boston. They dont represent common opinion. To label Bostonians racist or unclassy is prejudice in itself.

    • kaptaanamerica - May 2, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      When Bruins fans stop bringing up the riot in 2011, maybe then they’ll deserve to not be labelled racists… small sample size of a huge following and all that right :-)

    • cheetah440 - May 3, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      Bruins fans are not predominantly racist, but Boston sure as hell is. One of the most racist towns in the country. Like most liberal cities they have perfected segregation…..Notice no issues in florida? The notorious south??

      But by and large the Bruin fan base is about hockey and on ice performance.

      • lneighbors - May 8, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        no issues in Florida? Shoot an innocent boy and get off…

  3. cyggyx1 - May 2, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    “The reality is this: there are many idiots in this world of ours. Have been for a while. But now there is also Twitter, which gives those idiots a digital platform and connects them to the rest of us.”

    Hey Jason, talk about idiot statements.

    I’m not connected to these people because I DONT FOLLOW Twitter. I have a life and ACTUAL friends who I see and physically talk to.

    I laugh at idiots that think tolerance goes only one way…..

    Ignore the Ignorance

  4. dumbassgreg - May 2, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    lmao. love boston fans who can’t mention vancouver fans without saying riots. then turn aroundsay these are not real bruins fans. just rioters were real vancouver fans these are real bruins fans. people who are not fans are not watching games or caring who wins.

  5. dumbassgreg - May 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    this would not be a story if it did not happen every time a black hockey player does something in boston.reality the more forward thinking people of boston follow basketball and football. the hockey and baseball fans are more the old racist boston types.red sox still only have token black players players refuse to sign there even today.tom yawkey as big of racist as ever lived.

    • hockeygod1 - May 2, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      Get real, that’s why Boston’s voters helped that communist Deval Patrick get elected Governor.

      • kaptaanamerica - May 2, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        The racists in Massachusetts might just care more about socialism than race.Just like the kkk was the racist creation of the democratic party via what they refer to as southern democrats.

      • cheetah440 - May 3, 2014 at 9:32 AM

        It’s called “progressive insurance”. And I’m not talking about Flo……

        Liberals are the most racist among us. Their policies over the last 50 yrs have laid waste to black American families, big cities, and overall culture in America. Before the progressive movement started “the war on poverty” blacks in America had an out of wedlock birth rate of 25%. It was alarming as White’s had a 5% rate. Lot’s of studies went into this and many felt this would lead to big problems in the future. Well today, the rate for blacks is 75% and whites is now 25%……..

        Lean Forward!!!!

  6. cliffhuxtable25 - May 2, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Second time in 3 years this has happened among Bruins fans. Same thing happened with Joel Ward’s series winner against the B’s in 2012.

    Where there’s smoke there’s fire.

  7. bobanddy - May 2, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    If the garden fans were chanting the n word or throwing bananas at P.K then this would be a story.

  8. hockeygod1 - May 2, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Who cares subbans a POS diva and deserves it IF it even really happened.

  9. arbruins - May 2, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Don’t lump all of us Bruins fans into the same group with those classes racist losers.

  10. thomasvanek - May 2, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Bruins fans? Ignorant? no

  11. cutelittleguy02 - May 2, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Boston fans are amazing for pro sports…but Bruins fans, I don t know. They can be angry but attack the player because he shot and he scored…because he s black…if he s white ..there is no issue… Get a life Bruins fans Or a few of them.

  12. cutelittleguy02 - May 2, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Now the world knows about Bruins fan.

  13. mackattack29 - May 3, 2014 at 2:25 AM

    These are the kind of fans that are attracted to a dirty team like the “big bully” Bruins. Because it allows them to support a type of team that can push people around because in their lives they get pushed around. The kind of people who are insecure, ignorant, and maybe racist in some cases clearly. If Boston really doesn’t want to attract fans like this then maybe they should clean up their act. I’m not lumping all fans into this. And I’m not saying all bruins fans are like this. I’m merely saying it is not a coincidence that stuff like this happens around a team like the bruins. And it’s exactly for this reason that boston will always be one of the most hated teams because parts of their fanbase are so transparent in why they like this team. It’s very similar to a person who drives around a giant pick up truck. Their just overcompensating for something…

    • nhstateline - May 3, 2014 at 7:14 AM

      Have you noticed who is on the Habs this year ? They’re built a lot like the Bruins at the back. I mean I like George Parros but he’s not exactly a skilled NHL player.

      • mackattack29 - May 3, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        I’m not a Montreal fan and I agree they are built somewhat similarly and I’m sure there are plenty racist insecure people who are fans of montreal and every other sports team on the planet. I was just giving my two cents psychologically why there might be a group of bigots following the Bruins specifically.

  14. arbruins - May 3, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    Mackattack, you sound like you were beaten up in school…a lot. It’s okay, not all bruins fans are as you believe them to be. Now go back into your basement before I take your lunch money from you.

  15. outtherebad - May 3, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    It’s a shame, as a black man I always have to hear “it’s just old people, they’ll die off soon” talk…yet it’s no 60 year olds on twitter. They’re learning this and systemically perpetuating it because there is no consequence. And for all you who keep saying racism is a 2 way street… Get real. It takes a nation of blacks and whites unifying in order to make a change FOR blacks… But it only takes 1 white person with a little money to change all of that. Racism doesn’t exist without power. Stop trying to justify a position that isn’t there. You sound stupid saying “well someone called me white boy once- that’s racist”. No it is not. It didn’t affect you, your livelyhood, or any status as a human being. But I can tell you who has THAT power with only 1 single word.

    • cheetah440 - May 3, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      Good post. Power really is behind it and no white person can ever understand. Being called a cracker when I was 8 was confusing, if I was black and called n….. I wouldn’t be confused, I’d be hurt and feel degraded. Big difference. I hope some day very soon we see exactly what you say, true unification. Once black America stops sending 97% of their votes to the Dem party, things will change. Until then, nothing will change. Because as you say so correctly, it’s all about power….

  16. cutelittleguy02 - May 3, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    …finally Boston Bruins fans or a few of them…Look like losers as their big bad bruins.

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