Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly Addresses Racial Taunts From Fans at United Center

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Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly Addresses Racial Taunts From Fans at United Center

Washington Capitals hockey player Devante Smith-Pelly was targeted with racist chants over the weekend while playing with his team in Chicago, Illinois.

While sitting in the box, the Capitals player said, he was taunted by four Blackhawks fans who chanted, "basketball". On Sunday, Smith-Pelly said this has happened to him previously and referred to it as "disgusting".

One thing is for sure in a time of uncertainty for the Blackhawks: The Team will have a shot to get some new young players in the organization this spring. He played just one playoff game previous year as the Hawks were swept in the first round by the Nashville Predators. The National Hockey League condemns this unacceptable and reprehensible behavior.

Blackhawks have contacted the ejected fans from Saturday night and told them they are banned from future games. "We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for everyone who attends our games and these actions will never be tolerated".

The penalty box is separated from the fans by only a single sheet of Plexiglas-it is one of the only places in a hockey arena where a fan can get close to a player.

The Capitals released a statement saying they are "extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior" by a select group of fans in Chicago.

"It's disgusting. It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing, over and over", he said.

The Capitals next game is Monday on the road against the Sabres.

This incident just goes to show that people with hate in their hearts don't care about your economic or social status; there are no limits to their racism or how low they will stoop with it. He also added that Smith-Kelly was "upset" after the game.

Kempy, 27, had seven points (one goal, six assists) in 31 games for the Blackhawks this season.

Capitals rookie defenseman Madison Bowey said what happened in Chicago made him "sick to my stomach". I don't even really know. "And a few individuals keep bringing the ugly part of society out, and that was unfortunate".

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