And the Washington Capitals forward knew immediately what the intent of the message was when a few fans began chanting "basketball, basketball, basketball", while Smith-Pelly sat in the penalty box during a 7-1 loss at Chicago on Saturday night. "The League fully supports the actions taken by the United Center and the Blackhawks to eject the offenders and would expect the same response to any similarly unacceptable behavior at any of our arenas".
Smith-Pelly was also involved in an altercation with fans on Thursday in a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.
The Washington Capitals are extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior extended toward Devante Smith-Pelly by a select group of fans during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center.
The Blackhawks issued a statement apologizing to Smith-Pelly, as well as to the Capitals, following the game, and said they "are committed to providing an inclusive environment".
After the game, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz spoke about the incident, calling it "digusting".
Four fans were ejected from the? He was coming off the ice and heard a fan scream "go back to playing basketball".
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Smith-Pelly was not present during the post-game interviews, as he was notedly upset by the incident, according to Trotz. "The athletes in our country don't deserve that". "I think it's disgusting". "So he said, 'It's just a few idiots being ignorant'".
Bettman's statement went on to say the "incident was isolated" and that nobody "should ever have to endure such abuse at one of our games". He is one 30 black players in the league. He has seven goals and nine assists in 54 games. On Sunday, Smith-Pelly said this has happened to him previously and referred to it as "disgusting". Just because I'm a professional hockey player: they just don't understand. "You don't really have anyone".
The league designated February "Hockey Is for Everyone" month, a program that promotes inclusion in hockey regardless of "race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and those with disabilities".