Phil Posted May 22, 2017 Share Posted May 22, 2017 Andrew Shaw, then of the Chicago Blackhawks, was suspended for Game 5 of their first-round series against St. Louis for what the NHL called ?making use of a homophobic slur? during the game. You can see what he said here, and his apology here. ?While Mr. Shaw was apologetic and remorseful for both the offensive comments and the inappropriate gesture directed at the on-ice officials, he must be held accountable for his actions,? said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. ?The emotion of the moment cannot and will not be a mitigating factor for the conduct that is expected of an NHL player.? Getzlaf was fined for ?directing an inappropriate remark toward another on-ice participant? in Game 4 against Nashville in the Western Conference Final. ?Getzlaf?s comment in Thursday?s game, particularly as directed to another individual on the ice, was inappropriately demeaning and disrespectful, and crossed the line into behavior that we deem unacceptable. The type of language chosen and utilized in this instance will not be tolerated in the National Hockey League,? said Campbell, whose hilariously ironic role as the arbiter of appropriate language makes sense when you remember that the NHL also made Chris Pronger a director for Player Safety. You?ll notice that the NHL makes clear that what Shaw said was ?a homophobic slur? while Getzlaf?s was an ?inappropriate remark.? Why the double standard, not only in linguistics but in punishment? ?Because one is more polite than the other,? joked Brian Kitts, president and co-founder of You Can Play. ?I?d be interested in knowing how the League and the NHLPA drew that distinction.? https://sports.yahoo.com/news/can-play-confused-nhls-gay-slur-double-standard-getzlaf-203156047.html Sent from my iPhone using Blueshirts Brotherhood mobile app powered by Tapatalk Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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