The incident took place towards the end of the first period during the game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Florida Panthers. Panthers forward Krys Barch got into a dustup with Canadiens defense Pernell "P.K." Subban, and linesman Darren Gibbs reportedly overheard Barch use a racial slur against Subban, and immediately ejected him. The nature of the slur has not been disclosed. Although Subban was born in Toronto, his parents came from Jamaica. According to rule 23.7 of the NHL's official guide, a player can be ejected for various reasons, including spitting on an opponent or spectator and racial taunts and slurs.
The game summary indicates that Subban may have provoked the dispute. He was penalized two minutes for holding at 17:44, and then penalized two minutes each for roughing and slashing at the end of the period.
The NHL is being extremely close-mouthed about the nature of the slur and any further sanctions to be levied against Barch. Panthers coach Kerry Dineen and two Panthers players seemed inclined to tiptoe around the incident, fearing retaliation from the league for discussing it. But the two Panthers players both maintain that Barch is not the type of guy that would do something of that nature and expressed doubt that he meant any harm. According to Barch's agent Scott Norton, the comment directed toward Subban was misconstrued and didn't have any racial undertones nor was a slur, and may have been a misunderstanding or taken out of context by the linesman. As for Subban, he says he didn't even hear the slur, and considers the matter out of his hands.
But Panthers general partner Cliff Viner seemed prepared to throw Barch under the bus, saying “This is not what the character of this organization is about. I'm devastated by that kind of behavior. That is not what we're about as an organization, a team, coaching staff, hockey operations. Dale [Dale Tallon, general manager], I'm sure, will be very critical of this. I hope they talk to the team and let them know this is unacceptable. You play hard, you fight hard. But that's not part of any competition". Viner's attitude reflects the fact that the NHL brain trust feels guilty about the fact that its player composition is around 93 percent White, and is trying to reach out to Blacks.
By the way, the Florida Panthers won the game 3-2.
Public comments posted to the media stories show mixed reaction. A few political correctniks want to see Barch banned for life. However, Barch did receive some support; a sampling of supportive comments is posted below (after the jump):
Adam Graves | January 01, 2012 at 12:35 PM (Miami Herald):
An amazing game for the hardy of us that attended, who were rewarded with escorting the habs fans home with chants of 13th place.
As of now the Barch allegations are just that, one man's words against anothers, let's hold off a lynching prior to flushing out the facts and evidence.
David | January 01, 2012 at 03:47 AM (Miami Herald):
Barch was penalized for something not a single person on the Canadiens team heard. We all know NHL refs can't see a thing, yet we hold their auditory skills above reproach in the middle of a scrum before 20,000 screaming fans?
If Subban didn't hear it, and no one on his team did, maybe, just maybe the refs got it wrong.
Not a sermon, just a thought.
Peter2203 January 1st 3:30 P.M. (ESPN):
We can't have a decent conversation about race until we can discuss massive non-white immigration and forced integration in every white nation and ONLY white nations
JaneDoe2288 January 1st 9:30 P.M. (ESPN):
Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.
The Netherlands and Belgium are more crowded than Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.
Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to "assimilate," i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.
What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?
How long would it take anyone to realize I'm not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?
And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn't object to this?
But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.
They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.
Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.