Blackhawks kick out four fans for racially taunting black player

Devante Smith-Pelly on racially charged comments: 'You've got to start calling people out.'

Devante Smith-Pelly calls racially-charged comments from Blackhawks' fans “disgusting,” says it's “sad” racism's still an

The Chicago Blackhawks took action on Monday, banning a few fans from team home games after their involvement in directing racist chants at Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly on Saturday.

While Smith-Pelly was sitting in the penalty box in the third period, the hecklers repeatedly chanted "basketball" at him until he confronted them. On Sunday, Smith-Pelly said this has happened to him previously and referred to it as "disgusting".

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"The Blackhawks" only black player, Anthony Duclair, said he wasn't surprised there had been racial abuse at an National Hockey League game. He also added that Smith-Kelly was "upset" after the game.

Smith-Perry said after the game that while he was no stranger to such comments, he was exhausted of silently ignoring them.

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"We're at a time where we can't push this under the rug anymore", Smith-Pelly said on Sunday.

"There's absolutely no place in the game of hockey or our country for racism", remarked Capitals head coach Barry Trotz.

Interestingly enough, Suburban Stats reports Chicago's black population is at 32 percent, making them the second largest racial group residing in the metropolitan city. Playing in 50 games a year ago, the defenseman was down to 31 games this season, registering a goal and six assists in that time.

February is the designated month for the NHL's "Hockey Is For Everyone" promotion, which "uses the game of hockey to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities".

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