The Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League launched two gamers after racist taunts towards the group’s lone Black participant.
The junior hockey group introduced that the 2 gamers, ages 17 and 18, had been suspended after their first two video games the weekend of March 19, as group officers investigated a criticism of racial harassment towards a teammate.
The Seattle Instances experiences that one participant had waved a banana on the sufferer and had referred to as the sufferer racial slurs, relationship to final season.
The group was alerted of the incident by a group worker two nights earlier than the beginning of its season and despatched each gamers dwelling whereas the group investigated the incident.
Thunderbirds basic supervisor Bil La Forge launched a press release on the racist incident:
Within the week main as much as the beginning of the Seattle Thunderbirds 2020-21 season, a report of two gamers speaking inappropriate racial feedback and actions in the direction of a 3rd participant within the group locker room was introduced ahead. We totally investigated this incident upon studying of it by conducting interviews of the group and employees. The Seattle Thunderbirds have a zero-tolerance coverage for feedback and actions which can be racially insensitive or bullying. …
Efficient instantly the 2 gamers are not on the T-Birds roster. The 2 gamers faraway from the roster will proceed their training and private development on this space. We are going to use this incident to additional emphasize that feedback of this nature is not going to be tolerated and additional emphasis might be positioned on instructional programming on this space.
With the commerce deadline passing on the 2020-21 WHL season, neither participant will have the ability to be moved, and per the Instances, neither participant is predicted to return subsequent season.
The WHL is one in every of three leagues to make up the Canadian Hockey League, the best degree of junior hockey in Canada.