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OHL player suspended after `Euros' comment
Duluth News Tribune ^ | 02-02-04 | AP

Posted on 02/03/2004 2:06:53 AM PST by jaykay







Posted on Mon, Feb. 02, 2004

OHL player suspended after `Euros' comment
Associated Press

PLYMOUTH, Mich.
Plymouth Whalers defenseman James Wisniewski has been suspended for five games by the Ontario Hockey League for using the word "Euros" during a game.

During Plymouth's 7-4 loss Friday to visiting Owen Sound, Stefan Ruzicka challenged Wisniewski to a fight, and Wisniewski reportedly responded by saying he did not fight "Euros."

The comment was overheard by a linesman. Wisniewski, Plymouth's captain, received a gross misconduct penalty.

Ruzicka, a third-round pick by Philadelphia in last year's draft, is a native of Nitra, Slovakia. Wisniewski said he didn't think he was being insensitive, and Plymouth coach Mike Vellucci agreed.

"I don't think he meant it in a harmful way," Vellucci told the Detroit Free Press.

Ted Baker, the OHL's director of hockey operations, said the league does not tolerate comments directed at players based on their origin, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Baker said there was no opportunity for Wisniewski to appeal.

"It was a transgression," Baker said of Wisniewski's comment. "I'll leave it to others whether it was major or minor."

Wisniewski began the suspension Saturday.





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TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: euro; freespeech; hockey; ohl
"Euro" is now an ethnic slur?
1 posted on 02/03/2004 2:06:54 AM PST by jaykay
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To: jaykay
"Euro" is now an ethnic slur?

Gee, I wounder if that protection only applies to native Europeans and not ones who have came to America.

2 posted on 02/03/2004 2:09:11 AM PST by Always Right
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To: jaykay
You know, Slovakia being in Europe and all, I don't really see the problem.

I think the league is fining him really for not getting in a fight when he had a chance. I mean, even the Canadians can't be crazy enough to call "Euro" an enthic slur...
3 posted on 02/03/2004 2:11:29 AM PST by swilhelm73
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To: jaykay
Please, tell me this is satire, a spoof of Political Correctness.
4 posted on 02/03/2004 2:12:59 AM PST by Hibernius Druid (Perseverantia Vincit!)
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This may seem trivial and amusing, but where may this "PC" insanity lead?
Speaking of Euros:

"Since 1993, charges of 'racism' can be brought against ethnic Swedes who raise the Swedish flag or play the national anthem"

"Laws against nationalism show us only one dimension of decrepitude. There are also laws against the Christian religion. Sixteen years ago a Swedish evangelical minister opened his Bible to the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. He told his congregation that sexual perversity angered the Lord. A few months later this evangelical pastor found himself in jail serving a four-week sentence."

"The cause of free speech is lost in Sweden. A recent ruling of the district court of Stockholm against the Swedish daily Aftonbladet held that an anonymous user on the Aftonbadent Web site was guilty of "hate speech." To be sure, the publisher had removed the offending sentence. But the prosecution charged that the offending sentence had not been removed from the forum as fast as it should have. But even this point became irrelevant when the court decided that the crime was committed immediately upon publication."

Source: http://www.financialsense.com/stormwatch/geo/pastanalysis/2004/0129.html

Can this happen here?

5 posted on 02/03/2004 2:16:20 AM PST by jaykay (Proud to be an infidel.)
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To: jaykay
The OHL is absolutely right. The correct term is weenie. :)
6 posted on 02/03/2004 2:16:54 AM PST by Broadside Joe
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Now, if anyone ever calls somebody French, then I can see throwing the book at them.
7 posted on 02/03/2004 2:21:52 AM PST by jaykay (Proud to be an infidel.)
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To: jaykay
"Now, if anyone ever calls somebody French, then I can see throwing the book at them."

At the French? Or the person calling them French?

I vote for the french.
8 posted on 02/03/2004 2:24:19 AM PST by Broadside Joe
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To: jaykay
I'ds hate to see what they'd do to Don Cherry.

Maybe there's something to be noticed when HOCKEY starts in with this boring busybodiness...

9 posted on 02/03/2004 2:44:26 AM PST by Benrand
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To: jaykay
But you can call someone a "redneck" without penalty...
10 posted on 02/03/2004 2:56:38 AM PST by Viet Vet in Augusta GA
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To: Broadside Joe
I vote for the book being thrown at your broadside...
11 posted on 02/03/2004 3:07:00 AM PST by Atlantic Friend (Cursum Perficio)
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To: Broadside Joe
The OHL is absolutely right. The correct term is weenie. :)

I prefer the term "Eurotrash" myself. :)

How the heck can Euros be considered a considered a racial slur when the currency is a frigging Euro, and if you have one more than one Euro, you have two Euros? Political correctness just baffles me sometimes.

12 posted on 02/03/2004 3:08:58 AM PST by GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY
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To: Atlantic Friend
Ok so far that's 1 vote for french and one vote for me..


Let's see what happens..
13 posted on 02/03/2004 3:14:04 AM PST by Broadside Joe
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To: Broadside Joe
No offense taken, by the way.
14 posted on 02/03/2004 3:16:06 AM PST by Atlantic Friend (Cursum Perficio)
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To: jaykay
I guess if he had just beat the crap out of him, everything would have been OK. It's the first time in hockey history someone has received a penalty for NOT fighting.
15 posted on 02/03/2004 3:18:12 AM PST by Gil4
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY
"How the heck can Euros be considered a considered a racial slur"

Inferiority complex?

(Of course it isn't all euros, but for those that wish to throw stones can expect me to pick them up and throw them right back)
16 posted on 02/03/2004 3:19:19 AM PST by Broadside Joe
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To: Broadside Joe
(Of course it isn't all euros, but for those that wish to throw stones, THEY can expect me to pick them up and throw them right back)
17 posted on 02/03/2004 3:24:12 AM PST by Broadside Joe
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To: jaykay
Hilarious. So now in Hockey you can beat the scat out of someone but cannot call them a Euro? This nation is on greased skids straight down!
18 posted on 02/03/2004 3:31:59 AM PST by flying Elvis
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To: Broadside Joe
I vote "Throw it at the french."

By the way, if I knew I was going to get fined for calling someone a euro, I would be a lot more derogatory than that.

19 posted on 02/03/2004 3:32:19 AM PST by raybbr (My 1.4 cents - It used to be 2 cents, but after taxes - you get the idea.)
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To: jaykay
I don't see what the big deal is. Euros have hockey-player-like teeth, so how can it be a slur?
21 posted on 02/03/2004 3:51:49 AM PST by ovrtaxt (Support Tarquin Fin-tim-lim-bim-lim-bin- bim-bus stop F'tang F'tang Olé Biscuitbarrel (Silly Party))
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To: jaykay
What was it that Judge Roy Bean replied to the women who complained that he had called them whores?
22 posted on 02/03/2004 4:16:54 AM PST by Agnes Heep
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To: jaykay
The OHL is wrong on two counts here. First of all, it's hard to take any sports league seriously when it gives out five-minute major penalties for engaging in a fight on the ice, and a five-game suspension for insulting (if you could even call it that) an opposing player.

Secondly, Mr. Wisniewski has probably touched a nerve here because of European players' well-earned reputation for generally being averse to the physical side of the game of hockey.

Having said that, this guy probably deserves to be suspended after all. He should have taken the Clymer on and laid a beatin' on him.


23 posted on 02/03/2004 5:23:07 AM PST by Alberta's Child (Alberta -- the TRUE North strong and free.)
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To: jaykay
Ridiculous. The best way to handle something like that is to drop the gloves.
24 posted on 02/03/2004 8:35:40 AM PST by Dan from Michigan ("There's no soap ever been invented that can wash that blood off his hands." - Gen. Patton on Kerry.)
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To: cateizgr8
ping! hahaha
25 posted on 02/03/2004 10:01:11 AM PST by Britton J Wingfield
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To: Britton J Wingfield
Oh jeez!! That is freakin stupid!
26 posted on 02/03/2004 10:29:19 AM PST by cateizgr8
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To: seamole
Well, duh! When in doubt, always drop the gloves.

Especially when dealing with a Euro-weenie.

27 posted on 02/03/2004 12:58:12 PM PST by Gil4
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