'Classless' Bruins fans slammed after Subban targeted with racist hashtag
Andrea Janus, CTVNews.ca
Published Friday, May 2, 2014 1:42PM EDT
The Boston Bruins are slamming “the racist, classless” views of some of their fans after they attacked Montreal’s P.K. Subban on Twitter with racial epithets following his game-winning overtime goal Thursday night.
Thursday’s game was the first in the Habs-Bruins’ second-round playoff series. Subban put the Canadiens up 1-0 with a first-period goal before scoring the game-winner in double-overtime to give the Habs a 4-3 win.
Some Bruins fans took to social media not only to express their disappointment in the game’s outcome, but to attack Subban.
“That stupid n----- doesn’t belong in hockey,” Twitter user @Ksayers12 tweeted, using the hashtag #whitesonly.
Another user, @Dylan_4life, tweeted: “I hate that N----- P.K. Subban.”
Early in the game, NDP MP Paul Dewar noted the Boston fans’ incessant booing of Subban.
“Is it me or is troubling to others that the only player being booed during the Habs Bruins game is PK Subban? #habs,” Dewar tweeted.
According to other tweets posted Thursday night, #n----- was trending on Twitter in Boston following the game. Other series-related hashtags were trending Friday in Boston as well as in Canada, including: #pksubban, #boston, #habsvsbruins and #Bruins.
On Friday afternoon, Bruins president Cam Neely issued a short statement on behalf of the team denouncing the attacks.
"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.
Other hockey fans took to Twitter to counter the attacks.
“Boston Strong? I think not. Boston SHAME more like it,” user @calwhitejr tweeted. “Oh and his brother plays on your farm team. #whitesonly.”
Indeed, Subban’s younger brother, Malcolm, is a goalie prospect in the Bruins’ organization. He was drafted by the team in 2012 and currently plays for Bruins’ farm team in Providence, R.I.
Veteran forward Jarome Iginla is also spending what are likely the last few years of his career with the Bruins.
Ironically, the National Hockey League’s first black hockey player was Willie O’Ree, who played right wing for the Bruins.
Subban’s own Twitter account was quiet Friday, except for a tweet with a link to the latest video in a series he is filming with a sports network.
Game two in the series is scheduled for Saturday in Boston.