Support flows in for Flyers’ Simmonds following shootout incident – NHL.com

Support for Wayne Simmonds arrived from all corners of the hockey world in the hours after an on-ice incident during the shootout of Thursday’s preseason game between Philadelphia and Detroit at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ont.

Simmonds, a forward for the Philadelphia Flyers, had a banana thrown at him from the stands during his shootout attempt.

“I don’t know if it had anything to do with the fact I’m black,” Simmonds, 23, told reporters after the game. “I certainly hope not. When you’re black, you kind of expect (racist) things. You learn to deal with it.”

On Friday, Simmonds issued a statement through the Flyers’ public relations department, saying he was moving forward from what happened: “It was unfortunate that this incident happened but I am above this sort of stuff. This is something that is obviously out of my control. Moving forward, this incident is something that I will no longer comment on so I can just focus playing hockey for the Philadelphia Flyers.”

Others, though, were not as understanding.

via Support flows in for Flyers’ Simmonds following shootout incident – NHL.com – News.

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