BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Bruins President Cam Neely issued a terse statement Friday denouncing several racist tweets that were sent out after the Bruins-Canadiens game Thursday night.
The tweets targeted Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, who scored two goals, including the game-winner in double overtime.
“The racist, classless views expressed by an ignorant group of individuals following Thursday’s game via digital media are in no way a reflection of anyone associated with the Bruins organization,” Neely said.
“I share the thoughts of Cam and our organization,” head coach Claude Julien said Friday. “It’s poor judgment, poor taste and we don’t associate ourselves with people like that. People who think that way are not what we call our fans. They may think they are, but we certainly don’t support that at all.
“There are a lot of good fans out there, and that’s the sad part about it. Your good fans get tarnished because of a couple of comments like that from people who don’t belong in that same group,” added Julien.
Bruins players were asked about the Tweets following their practice Friday morning.
“There is absolutely no room for that. It’s classless and it goes beyond being a fan of hockey,” said forward Patrice Bergeron. “There is no room for this in 2014, at all. It’s really ignorant.”
“It’s very disappointing, the things said on Twitter. There is no need, at any point in time, to be racist,” said forward Brad Marchand, who said he didn’t hear any racist comments coming from the stands. “Obviously no one in this room or organization feels that way. It’s very disappointing.”
“Hopefully there will be no more of that stuff,” said Marchand. “There’s no room for that in the game.”
Subban, whose younger brother Malcolm is a star goaltending prospect in the Bruins organization, is not the first black player targeted by racists following a Bruins playoff game.
In 2012, the Bruins were forced to respond to a number of racist tweets targeting the Capitals’ Joel Ward.
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