Black player scores game-winning goal in Game 7, and racists come out of the woodwork
See, Joel Ward is an African-American, one of very few in the NHL.
Apparently, that's all it takes for a few idiots to absolutely unleash some offensive racist rants on Twitter.
Some sites attribute it to Bruins fans, but when you look at the actual Twitter users, it's clear that this isn't specifically a Boston problem, there are Red Wings and Sabres fans in there, as well as folks from Philadelphia, Ontario, and many other places.
There's no excuse for this kind of nonsense, and it's something to keep in mind as we move forward. Only a few weeks ago, we celebrating Jackie Robinson Day, honoring the man who desegregated baseball. Now, decades later, people are throwing around the same words that Robinson endured, just because someone scored a goal.
On a good note, the reaction to these people has been outstanding. There has been widespread anger, and so far I've seen no one try to defend these disgusting statements.
Ironically, one of the best moments following the game was courtesy of Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, whom some have called racist for declining an invitation to visit the White House with the team after last year's Stanley Cup championship.
After the post-game handshakes, Thomas skated over to a young Bruins fan and told him to keep smiling. Classy move by a guy who, despite the political move that pissed off an awful lot of people, has been a pretty classy guy throughout his time with the Bruins. This could be his last game with the Bruins, since there are already trade rumors swirling as the Bruins contemplate moving on with Tuukka Rask as their starter.
Regardless, check out Thomas' moment with the young fan:
Video hat tip to Puck Daddy