Saturday, May 3, 2014
About the racist slurs tweeted after the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens game...
It was disgraceful. But every city has stupid, ignorant elements, and Boston is no exception.
The difference is that the Bruins' coach, president and players condemned the racist fans and what they tweeted, as did Boston's mayor Marty Walsh.
Huge kudos to Bruins' president Cam Neeley for doing the exact right thing:
Bruins President Cam Neely issued a statement concerning the racist tweets Friday afternoon.
“The racist, classless views expressed by an ignorant group of individuals following Thursday’s game via digital media are in no way a reflection of anyone associated with the Bruins organization,” Neely said.
And there's the difference. Our city's mayor and the Boston Bruins leadership all swiftly distanced themselves from the jerks who sullied a great Boston rivalry between the Bruins and the Habs. It's over, and the racist jerks and their sick stupidity were told they do not represent the majority of Boston fans.
Good going Broonz!
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins and Mayor Marty Walsh condemned racist slurs about P.K. Subban that hit social media after the Montreal defenseman scored in the second overtime of their playoff game Thursday night. Bruins President Cam Neely issued a statement Friday calling the tweets "racist" and "classless." He said they came from an "ignorant group of individuals" who do not reflect the organization. Walsh said in a statement that the tweets were "a disgrace. These racist comments are not reflective of Boston, and are not reflective of Bruins fans. I've said before that the best hockey in the world happens when the Bruins and Canadiens play each other, and there is no room for this kind of ignorance here."
Subban, who is black, scored twice and the Canadiens won 4-3 to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals. Boston coach Claude Julien and several Bruins also condemned the tweets. "It's just poor judgment, poor taste, and we don't associate ourselves with people like that," Julien said Friday, "and people who think that way are not what we call our fans. They may think they are, but we certainly don't support that at all. It's a shame that this is still going around in this day and age."
He noted that one of the Bruins players is Jarome Iginla, who is black. AOL Ad Subban's brother, Malcolm, is a goalie with the Bruins' minor league a affiliate in Providence, Rhode Island. "Let's be realistic here about this," Julien said about the tweets. "It's something we don't support." Left wing Milan Lucic, who plays on the same line as Iginla, said, "he's been treated with nothing but respect in Boston since he's been here."
Iginla joined the Bruins as a free agent after last season and shared the team lead with Patrice Bergeron with 30 goals. Begeron also criticized the tweets, saying, "there is no room for this in 2014."