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Black NHL Player Taunted by Racist Remarks During a Game in Chicago

An African-American player in the National Hockey League experienced a racist chant directed at him at a game in Chicago Saturday night.

Huffington Post reports that Devante Smith-Pelly, who plays for the Washington Capitals, was was subjected to racial insults during a game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Smith-Pelly, 25, who plays the position of forward for the Capitals, was sent to the penalty box after fighting Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy.

While sitting in the box, the Capitals player said, he was taunted by four Blackhawks fans who chanted, “basketball.”

“It’s pretty obvious what that means,” Smith-Pelly told reporters Sunday. It’s just one word, and that’s all it takes. I got the idea. It’s sad that in 2018 we’re still talking about the same thing.”

The fans were soon ejected from the arena after Smith-Pelly told an official.


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