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The racism at the rink
Minnesota Public Radio News ^ | May 10, 2018 | by Bob Collins

Posted on 05/10/2018 12:05:39 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Hockey is a sport played mostly by white people, and that’s just the way too many hockey fans want to keep it.

As more African Americans move into professional hockey, they provide a barometer of just how rooted in racism the sport still is.

In Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Ontario Hockey League’s boss was so concerned about threats against a black player during a playoff series that he requested a police escort to help get Givani Smith of the Kitchener Rangers to a playoff game, the New York Times reports.

Smith, a draftee of the Detroit Red Wings, had scored the winning goal in overtime in game six of a playoff series and then gestured toward the opponent’s bench. He was suspended for the rest of the series.

What led to his outburst? Take a guess.

“I saw some of the stuff that was being sent in, and it was threatening in nature, and you could perceive it as death threats if you wanted to, and obviously the racial stuff as well,” said Rangers General Manager Mike McKenzie.

Yeah, obviously.

“A lot of players of color go through this,” Smith’s agent, G. P. Daniele, lamented. “It’s almost par for the course. It’s unfortunate.”

The local newspaper said Smith had been subject to racial taunts throughout the series.

“He took a lot of abuse on the ice,” said Jay McKee, his coach. “I saw him get cross-checked, tripped, slashed and take high sticks. He only drew one (penalty) call throughout the playoffs.”

“At this time, Givani respectfully asks for privacy, as he and his family wish to move on from the incident. His focus is now on being a Detroit Red Wing,” a family spokesman said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: hockey; horse
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1 posted on 05/10/2018 12:05:39 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Uh, where’s the report about racism at the hoops? I guess I missed that one.


2 posted on 05/10/2018 12:08:12 PM PDT by rktman (Enlisted in the Navy in '67 to protect folks rights to strip my rights. WTH?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Yeah, I understand there’s a diversity problem in the NBA and NFL as well. We better get on that at the same time as part of this hockey deal.


3 posted on 05/10/2018 12:09:33 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: rktman

GMTA!


4 posted on 05/10/2018 12:10:27 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
“I saw him get cross-checked, tripped, slashed and take high sticks.

NOTE: This stuff never happens to white players. [/s]

5 posted on 05/10/2018 12:18:56 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I forget who it was that said the reason blacks don’t play hockey is that no one can find a black man willing to be chased around by white men in masks carrying sticks.


6 posted on 05/10/2018 12:19:27 PM PDT by Quality_Not_Quantity (Capitalists sign their checks on the front. Socialists sign theirs on the back.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

And, your report on the NBA?


7 posted on 05/10/2018 12:19:38 PM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Molon Labe! Oathkeeper)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I remember Robin Williams talking about Tiger Woods and he said he was happy to see a black man hijack a white man’s sport.


8 posted on 05/10/2018 12:20:49 PM PDT by Retired Chemist
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To: rktman

It was crowded out by the racism reports in the nfl


9 posted on 05/10/2018 12:21:09 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Hey brainwashed students . . . where's your "outrage" @FBI? @BrowardSheriff? DO SOMETHING!!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This is total garbage. The NHL is rapidly filling with great Black hockey players. The article seems to indicate that this Black player made an obscene gesture to the other bench and got suspended for it. Now, after facing the consequences of his actions, he is crying racism. That might be more credible if it happened before he was unsportsmanlike. And sure, Canada is full of racists. </sarcasm>


10 posted on 05/10/2018 12:21:29 PM PDT by Stingray51
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; shove_it; Hat-Trick; SZonian; retrokitten; hollywood; Alberta's Child; Betis70; ...

Hockey Ping!

(let me know if you want on or off the ping list)

11 posted on 05/10/2018 12:22:30 PM PDT by airborne (I don't always scream at the TV but when I do it's hockey season!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I look forward to articles about the racist underrepresentation of Whites in the NFL and the NBA.


12 posted on 05/10/2018 12:34:18 PM PDT by Architect of Avalon
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To: airborne
Thank You for the Hockey Ping.

We can't even enjoy Hockey now says the lefties.

13 posted on 05/10/2018 12:35:08 PM PDT by KC_Lion (If you want on First Lady Melania's, Ivanka Trump's or Sarah Palin's Ping Lists, just let me know.)
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To: KC_Lion

They can kiss my ass as it is the only sport I still watch.


14 posted on 05/10/2018 12:38:55 PM PDT by publana (Somebody needs to give Sessions an epi pen and see that it is utilized.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Sheesh. How many of these idiots would have loved to have had PJ Suban playing for their team when he hit the scene some years ago?


15 posted on 05/10/2018 12:52:47 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Perhaps we should care less about who we may offend and care more about who we may inspire.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I’m pretty sure it’s the bow tie. No self-respecting hockey player would wear one.


16 posted on 05/10/2018 12:56:32 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Quality_Not_Quantity
Having two sisters whose sons played hockey from the time they were five years old, thru grade school, thru high school and played hockey for their respective college teams, you don't make it to the big league without the parents spending literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment, rink time for practices, rink time for games, travel lodging for travel tournaments, and the list goes on.

The days of Grant Fuhr (black) and Wayne Gretzky are long gone when these two hockey greats grew up playing hockey on local ponds.

It's all organized now, it's expensive and if you can't afford it and you're black, your kid plays basketball and or football.......

17 posted on 05/10/2018 12:58:58 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Mother nature is a serial killer......)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“and then gestured toward the opponent’s bench.”


18 posted on 05/10/2018 1:04:00 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: KC_Lion; airborne

I can’t even imagine how it must feel to be a Leftist when it comes to sports. I just know that an athlete is an athlete and color should never come into it. (Except for the team colors!)

Leftists have such tiny, ugly worlds.


19 posted on 05/10/2018 1:05:11 PM PDT by Monkey Face (In this world intelligent people are full of doubts while the stupid ones are full of confidence.)
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To: Quality_Not_Quantity
As a post script, the same now goes for organized youth baseball........It's all "ORGANIZED" and I and my fellow senior softball players who grew up playing baseball on scruffy diamonds with special rules such as "right field out" or "pitchers hand", constantly talk about the lack of neighborhood kids playing pickup ball on their local play fields...They are literally non existent.........

It's all organized now and the stupid parents who think their kid will make it to the pros consistently fall prey to the promises of the youth travel teams trying to recruit their kid. And they are willing to fork out over $5,000 over the course of the summer just for their kid to play on that Super Good travel team...........

20 posted on 05/10/2018 1:07:36 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Mother nature is a serial killer......)
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