Police, NHL Probing Racist Threats Against Nazem Kadri

Colorado Avalanche player says a bottle was thrown at him also
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 24, 2022 1:29 AM CDT
Police, NHL Probing Racist Threats Directed at Nazem Kadri
Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) celebrates a goal against the St. Louis Blues with Nazem Kadri (91) during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series Thursday, May 19, 2022, in Denver.   (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

The NHL said Monday that St. Louis police are investigating threats made toward Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri, who has been the subject of racist social media posts since he was involved in a collision that knocked Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington out for the rest of the series. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told the AP by email that the league and police looking into the situation. “We take threats made to any of our players or other club personnel seriously,” Daly said. “We are in touch with St. Louis Police Department and they are employing enhanced security procedures both at the arena and in the hotel.”

The team said Sunday night it is aware of threats against Kadri and is working with local law enforcement to investigate. Kadri collided with Binnington during Game 3 of their second-round playoff series Saturday night; Kadri said a Blues player threw a water bottle at him during a postgame interview. The AP verified the existence of Twitter posts sent to the official Avalanche team account and to Kadri’s calling him “Arab scum” and referencing terrorism. Other posts, some of which have since been deleted, included death threats. One was still up hours before Game 4 in St. Louis, which Colorado won; it is now leading the best-of-seven series 3-1.

It was not clear if the social media posts were the subject of league, team, or police investigation or if there were other threats made toward Kadri, who is of Lebanese descent. After Colorado's morning skate in St. Louis, coach Jared Bednar called the threats “unnecessary.” Captain Gabriel Landeskog added that they were sad and a function of being in the public eye. Blues winger David Perron called it unfortunate. “We don’t want that to happen, obviously,” Perron said. "Hopefully it’s been taken care of. I’ll just leave it at that. You don’t want to see that happen to anybody for any reason.”

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