PK Subban scores two goals against the Boston Bruins, inciting racist fans on Twitter

Once again, a black player scores a big playoff goal against the Bruins and idiots come out of the woodwork

5/2/14 in NHL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

May 1, 2014; Boston, MA, USA;  Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) takes a shot on goal during the first period against the Boston Bruins in game one of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY SportsAlmost exactly two years ago, Joel Ward of the Washington Capitals scored an overtime goal against the Boston Bruins that sent the Capitals on to the second round of the playoffs, and sent the Bruins packing.

After the game, there were a few racists tweets directed in Ward's direction from angry fans who were ignorant enough to focus on the fact that Ward, unlike most players in the NHL, is an African-American.

Last night, Montreal Canadiens defenseman PK Subban led the Habs to a 4-3 overtime win against the Bruins, thanks to his two power play goals, including the game-winner in overtime.

Predictably, there were more idiotic reactions from Bruins "fans" who lashed out at Subban with insults and slurs regarding the color of his skin, simply because he played a hell of a game against the Bruins.

Just as predictably, the Boston haters were out en force, their twitter searches in hand, ready to point out how racist Boston is.

Realistically, it was a few dozen fans who are ignorant morons. A vast majority of the tweets were actually Bruins (and other team) fans pointing out how ignorant those few were, and castigating them for it.

Are Bruins fans racist? Some of them are, yes. But let's be realistic: Hockey isn't the most racially diverse sport. A vast majority of the players and fans are white. If a similar situation had happened to any other team, the racist tweets would be just as prevalent, as would the backlash from true fans who see beyond the skin color of the opposing player, tap the stick and commend him on a good game, and get ready for Game 2.

Subban's brother Malcolm is a goalie prospect in the Bruins' system, and in a few years, Bruins fans will most likely be cheering hard for a black goaltender. They already root for Jarome Iginla, a black player on the Bruins, and previously cheered hard for guys like Willie O'Ree, the first black player ever to play in the NHL.

While some idiots might bring skin color into it, let's not lump an entire fan base into it. There are idiots in every fan base, and there are great fans everywhere, too. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.
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5/2/14   |   Jess   |   34602 respect

(Edited by Jess)

It's those idiots who make the whole lot of us look bad to the rest of the sports world. I get so tired of seeing and hearing that hockey fans are racist, or similar such things. But this is why it happens.

And you're right...any other team, it would be the same way. Unfortunately. It's not just Boston...and in reality, it's not even just hockey. Just because the players and fans are predominately white (I truly believe there are geographical explanations for this,) and the sport is covered less by the major sports networks unless something major is going on, you see it more with hockey. Remember when Richard Sherman went off at the end of the NFCC game? I couldn't believe the tweets and comments calling him extremely racist names. And that's not an isolated incident in football.

‚ÄčKudos to Subban and the Canadiens. I hear Price did pretty well too (or maybe that he was ridiculously lucky.)  This looks like it could shape up to be a hell of a series.