Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw has been suspended for one game, as well as ordered to undergo sensitivity training after spewing a homophobic slur from the penalty box in the direction of someone on the ice in Chicago’s Game 4 loss at home to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, as reported by NHL.com.
In addition to the suspension, Shaw also had a $5,000 fine levied against him for “directing an inappropriate gesture” at the officials on ice. The suspension will cause Shaw to miss Game 5, in St. Louis on Thursday night when the Blues, who are up 3-1 in the series, will attempt to knock the defending Stanley Cup Champions out of the playoffs.
Shaw was sent off the ice for an interference penalty late in the 3rd period, hurting Chicago’s chance for a comeback in the 4-3 loss. While sitting in the box, Shaw slammed his stick onto the glass and yelled a gay slur at someone on the ice.
Speaking to media before the team left for St. Louis, Shaw said that he couldn’t sleep after Tuesday night’s game and that watching the outburst was difficult. The video went viral on social media, which prompted the NHL to investigate the situation.
It was hard for me to see. emotions got the best of me. i’ll never use that word again, that’s for sure… That’s not the type of guy I am.
Unfortunately, this is not a new issue with professional athletes. I totally understand pressure situations and the level of emotion that is exhibited in those moments, but when will they learn that there are certain things that simply cannot be said, anywhere?