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