Racial animus isn’t confined to racially charged events, such as the killing of Trayvon Martin. It has now made its way to the hockey rink. Joel Ward, the black hockey player with the Washington Capitals who scored the winning goal against the Boston Bruins last night in overtime, has been board-checked by irate Bruins fans. Instead of hurling their bodies at him for eliminating the 2011 Stanley Cup champions from the playoffs, they’re body checking him with a barrage of N-words.
The Post’s Dan Steinberg links to some of the sites where commenters have unloaded hate on Ward, who is from Canada. But be sure to check out Chirpstory for some choice invective from Twitter. Here are a few to ponder.
A n----- beat us in #OT Are you kidding me?
stupid n----- go play basketball hockey is a white sport
F---ing stupid arrogant, smelly, useless, waste of life, sad excuse for a NHL hockey playing N-----!!!!
Who let that n----- on the ice
Haha that n----- actually did something
Sickening. Only idiots — and cowards — hide behind protected Twitter feeds or fake Twitter handles to spill bile anonymously. And for what? A hockey game?! Ward, being one of more than 20 blacks in all of professional hockey, has heard this before, I’m sure. He’s probably used to it or doesn’t even notice it. And that’s fine. But that doesn’t make seeing such hate any less shocking or any more acceptable.