Devante Smith-Pelly of the Washington Capitals wasn’t down with Blackhawks fans allegedly chanting “basketball” at him during Saturday’s game in Chicago. Things got so heated that the Blackhawks organization issued an apology for fan behavior and ejected the fans for the racist taunts.
“We were made aware of an incident at tonight’s game involving a small group of attendees who made harmful comments directed at Washington Capitals player Devante Smith-Pelly. The fans were immediately removed and we apologize to Smith-Pelly and the Washington Capitals organization. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for everyone who attends our games and these actions will never be tolerated.”
Capitals coach Barry Trotz addresses the situation:
“There’s absolutely no place in the game of hockey or in our country for racism.” —
#Caps Coach Barry Trotz on an incident involving Devante Smith-Pelly on Saturday in Chicago. Four fans were ejected for taunting DSP when he was in penalty box.
Smith-Pelly, who has 320 NHL games on his resume, went to the penalty box at the 8:36 mark of the third period after a fight with Connor Murphy. That’s when the incident with the fans went down.