Boston Bruins, Mayor Blast Racist Tweets Against Rival
Montreal's PK Subban, who is black, beats them in OT
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 2, 2014 4:34 PM CDT
Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) reacts after getting hit in the face by Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand's stick during the second period.   (Charles Krupa)

(Newser) – The Boston Bruins and Mayor Marty Walsh are condemning racist slurs about PK Subban that hit social media after the Montreal defenseman scored the game-winning goal last night against Boston in double-overtime. Bruins President Cam Neely issued a statement calling the tweets "racist" and "classless." He said they came from an "ignorant group of individuals" who do not reflect the organization. Walsh said in a statement that the tweets were "a disgrace" and "not reflective of Boston, and are not reflective of Bruins fans."

Subban, who is black, scored twice as the Canadiens won 4-3 to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals. His play has hurt Boston over the years, and he has long been unpopular there. He was booed virtually every time he touched the puck last night. Subban's brother, Malcolm, is a goalie with the Bruins' minor league affiliate in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Eat_Eateator
May 5, 2014 12:53 PM CDT
Racism isn't helpful to the capitalist.
geo wells
May 4, 2014 11:46 PM CDT
Diversity is a codeword for White genocide.
SkeeterVT
May 4, 2014 6:57 PM CDT
Forty years after Boston was torn apart by riots waged by angry whites opposed to court-ordered busing to desegregate the city's public schools, there remains a hard core of white Bostonians who still get bent out of shape when their perfect little white world gets upset by black people. The idiots who posted blatantly racist tweets against the Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban after the black Toronto native scored the winning goal in Montreal's overtime victory over the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of their Stanley Cup playoff series have also demonstrated an appalling ignorance of hockey history. It was apparently lost on these racist scumbags that Bruins forward Jarome Iginla is black (although many fans -- myself included -- mistakenly believed that he was of Native American descent), and that the Bruins' No. 3 goaltender is P.K. Subban's younger brother, Malcolm. It was also lost on these idiots that it was the Bruins that broke hockey's color line in the late 1950s when Willie O'Ree took to the Boston Garden ice in a Bruins uniform and entered the history books as the "Jackie Robinson of Hockey," the first black player in the National Hockey League. O'Ree played for the Bruins from 1958 to 1961 (Ironically, he made his debut on January 18, 1958 against the Canadiens). In a league where almost every player was Canadian, O'Ree was no exception, having been born and raised in Fredricton, New Brunswick (It wasn't until 1981 when the first black American player in the NHL, Val James, made his debut with the Buffalo Sabres). The fact that O'Ree was Canadian was lost on hockey fans in the U.S., where O'Ree was the target of such racist catcalls as "Go back to the South!" and "How come you're not picking cotton, boy?" Now 78 and living in California, O'Ree was honored in 2011 with the Hockey Legacy Award by Boston Sports Museum. As an African-American who lives in Vermont and who';s been an avid hockey fan for more than 40 years -- I openly call myself a "puckhead" -- I'm a Bruins rooter. It's truly sad that four decades after the busing riots, there is still a clique of hard-core racist pigs in Boston. With the Bruins having tied the series in Game 2 -- guaranteeing a return to the TD Garden for Game 5 -- I would not be surprised if the Bruins make a statement against the racists and put Malcolm Subban in goal for Game 5.