Interesting to see that the NHL has decided not discipline Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds for an alleged homophobic slur against Rangers winger Steve Avery….
A few years ago, the league suspended Avery for referring to former girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert as “sloppy seconds” after learning she was dating a fellow NHL player….
NHL Commissioner called Avery’s statement “Inappropriate public comments not pertaining to the game”….
For this remark, Avery received a six game suspension without pay and had to go to counseling for anger management….
All for joking about other NHL players “falling in love with my ex-girlfriends?”….
This penalty was exorbitant, ridiculous and political correctness run amok; and also a sign of the touchy feely times in which we live….
Knowing this, I was anxious to see how the gutless NHL Commissioner would respond to the alleged anti-gay remarks made by Simmonds; who is black and had a banana thrown at him by an idiot fan last week….
Sure enough, the NHL decided not to take action against Simmonds, because “there were conflicting accounts of what transpired on the ice.”….
If it were any player other than Simmonds, the league would have been in all their politically correct glory, posturing about taking a stand against bigotry and sending a clear message it won’t be tolerated….
Now here’s some political incorrectness for you: Had Simmonds been white, he would have been suspended, fined and publicly excoriated….
It all boils down to this: The NHL was still reeling from a racist fan throwing a banana at a black player and there was no way in hell they were going to make an example of him for uttering a homophobic slur….
It’s hypocritical and dishonest, but when you have a politically correct, gutless league, these things happen….
Evidently the NHL will ignore a homophibic remark when made by a black player….
Rules are rules, and if you’re going to suspend Avery, you have to suspend Simmonds
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe Simmonds should have been suspended, because in the heat of battle players say things to each other they would never say off the ice….
Who knows what went on between Avery and Simmonds before Wayne allegedly made the remark; maybe they’d been jawing the entire game and it came to a boil….
So if Simmonds said something inappropriate and offensive, that’s boys being boys in the heat of battle. From all accounts Simmonds is a class guy and a credit to the league, so who cares if he lost his temper and taunted an opponent?….
As for Avery, he also should not have bneen suspended for his remark about Cuthbert. Knowing athletes the way I do, I’m sure players around the league were taunting him relentlessly about his former girlfriend dating another player and when asked about it by a reporter he responded in the same way men in locker rooms do every day….