In order to drive positive social change to make the hockey community a more inclusive one, the NHL has created programs such as Hockey is for Everyone.
Unfortunately, some people don’t seem to really grasp the meaning of that message. Even worse, however, is the negativity those people spread to the players who are on the receiving end of inappropriate and ignorant comments.
Evander Kane of the San Jose Sharks took to Twitter on Wednesday to share an absolutely brutal reply he received on Instagram, which Kane accompanied with a relevant story regarding the matter.
I like basketball but my profession is HOCKEY. Thanks pic.twitter.com/TX00d7fXX0— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) August 28, 2019
“Stick to basketball,” wrote an Instagram user.
The Sharks star forward had this to say about the comment.
“This is what I’m talking about, happens all the time just never publicly talked about and just ignored. This exact thing was shouted at me in the penalty box in Denver during game 4. It’s racially motivated, IT IS a problem in society and in SPORTS. There is a focus on racism in football, basketball, and baseball. But in the Hockey world it’s easier to ignore, dismiss and forget because let’s face the facts hockey is a white sport. But there are black players in the league and other minorities in our sport. Time to notice it, and give it the attention it deserves. The old way of thinking is done!”
Kane is right. This kind of behaviour towards players and humans is an issue and it needs to stop. It’s not a hard thing to do either, it’s called being a good person.
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