Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.
Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.
Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:
Next, he clearly has had enough of whatever is being said, gets up to address the fans. pic.twitter.com/VLu4qHSSMy— Evan Sporer (@ev_sporer) February 18, 2018
After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:
Statement on the incident at tonight's game pic.twitter.com/7o02AaLQwz— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) February 18, 2018
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident:
“There’s absolutely no place in the game of hockey or in our country for racism.” — #Caps Coach Barry Trotz on an incident involving Devante Smith-Pelly on Saturday in Chicago. Four fans were ejected for taunting DSP when he was in penalty box. pic.twitter.com/kxn3uClSBY— Tarik El-Bashir⌨️🎙🏒 (@TarikNBCS) February 18, 2018