We’ve seen this before, but now — more than ever before — it makes my blood boil.
Last night, as the Blackhawks are going down 3-1 in their series against the Blues, TV cameras show Chicago’s Andrew Shaw shouting homophobic slurs at officials twice in the waning minutes of the game.
We don’t have the audio to confirm exactly what he said, but it’s quite apparent.
It was the F word, and when Shaw was asked about his language after the game, he said he could not remember.
He told reporters, quote, “Emotions were high. I don’t know what I said. I wasn’t happy with the call.”
The embarrassing thing for Shaw, and especially the team, is that the Hawks partnered with the “You Can Play Project” just two weeks ago.
The initiative, founded by current NHL director of Player Safety Patrick Burke, tries to foster a safe environment for LGBT athletes by eradicating homophobia.
If the NHL truly wants to remove homophobia from the game — Shaw should be suspended.
The NBA suspended Sacramento’s Rajon Rondo for 1 game after he called referee Bill Kennedy, who’s gay, the same homophobic slur Shaw allegedly used last night.
Give Shaw at least a game, if not the rest of the first round.
You talk about sending a message.
That would certainly help.