Four fans have been banned from attending Blackhawk hockey games at Chicago’s United Center after being caught on tape racially taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly, the Associated Press reported Monday.
“Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks,” team spokesperson Adam Rogowin said.
The fans were ejected on Saturday after chanting, “basketball, basketball, basketball” at Smith-Pelly, who is black, while he was in the penalty box.
“There’s absolutely no place in the game of hockey or our country for racism,” Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said after the game. “I think it’s disgusting, and there’s no place for it. Athletes in our country don’t deserve that. It just shows ignorance.”
The National Hockey League has declared the month of February is ‘Hockey Is For Everyone’ as a campaign to promote inclusion in the sport.