Blackhawks ban four fans for using racist taunt against Smith-Pelly


The Chicago Blackhawks have banned four fans from their home games for directing racist taunts toward Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly.

While sitting in the box surrounded by Chicago fans, the black Canadian found himself being taunted by four audience members chanting "basketball" at him.

"It's pretty obvious what that means".

On Saturday, the Blackhawks also responded with a statement saying, "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. I got the idea".

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On Sunday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman released a statement that said the league "condemns this unacceptable and reprehensible behavior".

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

Next, he clearly has had enough of whatever is being said, gets up to address the fans.

"It's disgusting. It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing, over and over", he said. "It just shows ignorance".

Kempny, 27, recorded one goal and six assists in 31 games with the Blackhawks this season.

Capitals rookie defenseman Madison Bowey said what happened in Chicago made him "sick to my stomach".

"I guess I. kind of brushed it off", he said Sunday. "Devo is as well liked as anyone in this room".

"There's absolutely no place in the game of hockey or our country for racism".

Yeah, it's disgusting. I don't even really know. Yet, there are still people walking around Chicago with this prejudiced attitude.

The fans' taunts occurred during the NHL's monthlong "Hockey is for Everyone" campaign to promote the game as being inclusive for all players regardless of race, color, religion, national origin or gender.