Boston denounces racist comments made toward PK Subban
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As many of you may already know, some classless actions were taken by "fans" following Game 1 on Thursday night, where PK Subban scored two goals, including the game winner in double overtime, to defeat the Bruins 4-3. Subban was subject to several verbal attacks by so-called "fans", which sadly included racial slurs.
Upon realizing that such comments were made, the Bruins made it very well known that these comments were unacceptable, and didn't demonstrate the ideas of anyone on the Bruins. These comments were made by a small group of individuals, and their idotic ideas should not be a reflection of the Bruins, or their fan-base as a whole.
“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,” said Cam Neely, President of the Boston Bruins.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien had the same thoughts as Cam:
“I share the thoughts of Cam and the organization. It’s just poor judgment, poor taste, and we don’t associate ourselves with people like that,” said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien, following an optional skate at Ristuccia Arena. “People who act that way are not what we call our fans. They may think they are, but we certainly don’t support that.
“It’s a shame that this is still going around in this day and age that people are still thinking that way. For us, it’s a shame. As I mentioned, it’s certainly not getting our support on that one.”
Following practice, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, and winger Brad Marchand also commented on the ordeal.
“It’s very disappointing,” Chara said. “There’s no room in the game for these kind of comments or Twitter (comments), for sure. It’s not anything to do with our organization or the way we feel. P.K. is obviously a very good player and the face of the Montreal Canadiens organization, and for sure, (the comments are) very disappointing. Like I said, there’s no room for comments or action like this in any kind of game or sports or anywhere else."
“It’s very disappointing about the things said on Twitter,” said Marchand. “There’s no need at any point or time to be racist, and obviously no one in this room or this organization feels that way. It’s very disappointing. Obviously we have to apologize for that coming from our fans. Hopefully there will be no more of that stuff.”
After hearing about the incident, Red Sox manager John Farrell even put in his word, which echoed those of the Bruins.
“I don’t think there’s any place in society for comments like that,” Farrell said. “All we can speak of is what we do here and within the (Red Sox) organization. We’re fortunate enough to work in an environment where we embrace diversity. We try to create an accepting environment for all that walk through that door. It’s unfortunate that those comments even exist today.”
Bruins assistant-captain Patrice Bergeron also had his say.
So I want to clear something up real quick. Why don't Bruins fans like PK Subban? It has nothing to do with the color of his skin, or his nationality. B's fans don't like Subban for two reasons:
1. The logo on the front of his jersey
2. He plays damn-good hockey against the Bruins.
Boston fans don't like Subban because he's a Canadien. They also don't like Subban because he plays extremely good hockey against the Bruins. Just look at the score sheet, two goals from PK are the reason we're down a game headed into Game 2. So before some stupid "fan" wants to make an idiotic racial comment about Subban, think about who you're really making a fool of, him, or you?