Banana incident disgraceful

- September 23rd, 2011

It’s hard to believe the banana-throwing incident involving Philadelphia Flyers player Wayne Simmonds happened in Canada.

I’m not naive enough to believe Canadians are incapable of such hatred, but it’s still surprising and shocking to see blatant racism like that in our own backyard, during our own national pastime.

Still, this was not the first incident of racism I encountered this week when it comes to hockey. Earlier in the week, a fan who was upset about not getting tickets for Jets games left a message on my answering machine.

Most of it is not fit for print, but here’s the gist of it:

“Mark Chipman can take that (F bomb) (N bomb) hockey team of his and shove it up his ass.”

We presume this idiot who left the message is referring to the fact the Jets have four black players (Johnny Oduya, Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane and Kenndal McArdle). As if the colour of their skin has anything whatsoever to do with their ability to play hockey. Give your head a shake, buddy.

Why do people descend to the lowest level when they are angry about something?

Lots of people leave offensive messages on my machine. When you’re sports editor of a newspaper, you can’t please all of the people all of the time.

But this one was particularly disturbing. Made me sick actually.

And so does the incident in London, Ont., where some fan probably thought he was being funny, but ended up making our entire country look bad.

Nice job.

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