Capitals Joel Ward Scores Game 7 Overtime Winner – Bruins Fans Unleash N-Word Barrage on Twitter

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The NHL is the least racially integrated of the four major American sports. If you need proof of this, you just need to see the reaction on Twitter as Washington Capitals Winger Joel Ward scored the game winning goal in overtime to oust the defending champion Boston Bruins.

Chirpstory.com collects Tweets on trending topics to tell a story with only the tweets. The story these tweets tell is that there is a whole hell of a lot of racist Boston Bruins fans. Of course this is not representative of Boston fans or of hockey fans in general, but it is scary that these people so easily put their racist feelings out there.

Here is just a sampling, for the full list click here

And my personal favorite, this guy must have Tourettes

Whether its racist crap like this or death threats against athletes (like Kyle Williams of the San Francisco 49ers) we see that sometimes sports fanaticism and assumed anonymity can be a very dangerous combination.

Although I wonder, what percentage of the people above would sing a different tune if asked to their face.

Here is video of the goal and celebration, since those racists f*ckwits probably aren’t visiting this site anyway.

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  1. I beg you to notice that this is in no way representative of the average hockey fan, and that the lack of racial diversity in hockey is (hopefully) more due to the locations from which most players come (Canada has a relatively small black population, the black population in Russia, Sweden, etc. is extremely limited, and hockey isn’t very popular to play in the United States where there is a larger black population).
    The actions and sickening, sickening, SICKENING statements of these Bruins fans are just horrific, and they definitely show the racism that lurks unadmitted, but I do feel that hockey in general should be defended by the demographic statistics of most of its players.

    • Sorry Sarah. I grew up in Boston and now live in DC. This the norm in Boston. This is the same town that would not let Bill Russell by a home even though he gave the Celtics 12 NBA titles. The people of Weston actually got a petition to keep him from buying a home there. That was in the 60s. Nothing has changed. There are plenty of people of African decent in Canada. I have Black relatives who play Hockey in Canada. This is about ignorance, hatred and unchecked prejudice in Boston. I for one am glad it’s being exposed yet again.

      • True true true…I have lived in New England since 97 and have witnessed this type of commentary and behavior often. And you are correct, its unchecked for the most part. Whats worst is its part of the culture, people whom you would think of as nice people, at times just blurt out stuff that makes you think, “wow, did you just say that?” Ive confronted people many a time…It seems they are just raised this way. One would assume this crap would of died off by now on its own….

      • I also grew up in Boston. I love the Bean, but that city by far is one of the most racially divided cities in America. Still have areas that I as a black man would never dare walk into.

      • Big Papi lives in Weston now….and Ray Allen is my neighbor in Wellesley. The ability to purchase a home isn’t a matter of race anymore. It’s about having the money. But yes there are plenty of Boston hockey fans that come from places like Southie and Charleston who don’t exactly love African Americans.

      • You make it sound like it’s only Boston. It’s the whole northeast more likely. Even in the late 80’s and early 90’s it was no different, maybe just hidden better. I had a shop foreman tell me in 90 or 91 they would never hire a black guy.

  2. Bad stuff to read for sure.

    In all fairness, despite the awful language, I doubt many sincerely mean it.

    Its common in bouts of anger to spew off something like a racist remark, even if you aren’t racist at all. That doesn’t make it acceptable, but it does give some perspective.

    • “Oh, I swear I didn’t actually MEAN to kill him. I was just so mad that I shot my gun, and it hit someone”

      Still guilty of manslaughter in that case, so still guilty of racism in this case.

    • Charles – Understand what you mean but I as a black man have never had something that I found unfavorable or negative toward myself and blurted out “That (fill in the blank) MFer!!!!”

      Its just never happened.

  3. RACIST FANS REACTIONS: TYPICAL OF BOSTON…JUST ASK THE GREATEST CENTER THAT PLAYED FOR THE BOSTON CELTICS. YOU PUNKS ARE JEALOUS, INEPT, STUPID, AND DUMB.

    • I agree, they used to spit on Russell, but he just continued to cop those rings. Celtics all day! Shout out to Joel Ward! Let’s make em mad!

    • Look at who tweeted and see where they are from. A good majority of them aren’t even from Boston. This isn’t just a Boston issue, it’s a national issue.

    • Speedigmugs, racist rants are NOT typical of Boston Sports Fans ! Everytime something like this happens, everyone lumps the past with the present ! Not only have I grown up, gone to high school, played various sports (including hockey) with African Americans, but there was NEVER a hint of racial prejudice (and we’re talking from the late 70’s to mid 80’s ! We are NOT punks….punks are those knuckleheads who posted those comments on their twitter accounts. They probably aren’t even bad kids, just STUPID, saying things that they REALLY DON’T understand. Definately wrong and misguided ! But don’t judge ALL BOSTON SPORTS FANS (especially hockey)from those above comments !

  4. I love how many of those hate comments have grammatical and spelling errors. It’s hard to take someone seriously about hating on another culture when they can’t even learn their own fucking language.

  5. As a white guy and a sports fan from the DC area, I couldn’t be happier to see Ward get this goal. He and his linemates worked their asses off this whole series and are a HUGE part of why they won even if they weren’t putting a lot of points on the board.

    Moments like these make me wish I could somehow blot all this hatred up and keep it from tearing at people. I can’t imagine what it must feel like to read these messages from a black person’s point of view, I just know that it should never be this way. We should be celebrating one of the greatest playoff series of all time and instead we get the spewing of filth like this.

    Well, to hell with that (literally if possible). Let’s start pushing the flow back the other way.

    Congratulations to Joel Ward, the Washington Capitals, and to the Boston Bruins for creating an all-time classic series. I like other people of all races and creeds and orientations. LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE.

    • Let me tell you Ned. I’m black and I moved to the DC area BECAUSE of Bostons acute racism. This was not surprise to me. I still commend my dad rest his soul for being brave enough to take his young son to any Boston sporting event. It’s a CONSTANT thing people of color deal with in Boston and it RUINS sports. When they are not being jerks to people of color they are still some of the most ill behaved people I’ve EVER encountered and yes..I’m counting Eagles fans in that. When I was a kid the town of Weston, Mass famously circulated a petition to keep Bill from buying a home there. Think about that. 12 Championships he gave that town. Bill is on record calling Boston “A flea market for racism”.

      I’m not a big hockey fan but I’m happy for the Capitals and Joel Ward. I’m also happy that Boston prejudice is now documented on Twitter and Facebook so that they can no longer deny the stench that is Boston racism.

      • You seem a little overdramatic TBlack. And also stuck in the 60s. Oh and your story is wrong.

        Your comment about the town of Weston is actually the story of the town of Reading. A SMALL GROUP of people petitioned against Bill Russell living in Reading. And last night a SMALL GROUP of people dropped the N word on Twitter.

        You’re happy that Boston prejudice is “documented on Twitter and Facebook”?? Really? That means a lot to you? The Twitter posts have been deleted and if people are using Facebook for documentation then they have real issues.

        I’m also black and have lived in Boston my whole life. I’ve never dealt with anything while going to a sporting event. And therefore nothing has ever been ruined. Of course I’ve dealt with shit but there are idiots everywhere. White, Black and Brown.

        Obviously Bill Russell and many others were treated beyond wrong back in the day. And yes this shit still exists. But you make it seem like they’re burning crosses on the Boston Common. You’re insulting Russell and your dad by making it seem like it’s prevelant.

    • I agree with you, BigNed, all the way through.

      Charles, you don’t have any idea of what racism is if you think that people “innocently” use racist language, and then can blithely walk away from it as if it means nothing. That is a kind of patent indifference to other human beings that is repugnant to decent peoples’ sensibilities. And people who know people who behave like that are as guilty of reprehensible behavior as those who do it if they don’t tell them that it is wrong and unacceptable.

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