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Op-Ed: Sadly, Racism is still alive and well in the NHL as Joel Ward scores winner in OT, for Washington

By Daniel Boyington
Posted Apr 29, 2012 in Sports
Boston, Massachusetts - Joel Ward, 31, of the Washington Capitals scored the winning goal in game 7 of the NHL playoff quarter finals, beating Boston Bruins 2-1, and racism has raised its ugly head again, since Ward is black.
Many have thought we have made it past this, however after the win for Washington this week, the tweets were flying using every racist slur ever spoken.
Patrick Kane with visor and ear protection
Patrick Kane with visor and ear protection
Ward was born in Canada, however his parents are from Barbados, and now resides in Toronto, but after the racists remarks surfaced he said, “I know it will always be there” the racist comments, he’s had to deal with it all his life. He went on to say, “Obviously this has been the biggest goal I ever scored and it felt good.”
It’s time to get over it America, black people are here to stay, and they have the same rights as whites. They can score touchdowns, score baskets, and do anything a white person thinks they can do.
The NHL made a statement, “The people responsible for these comments have no place associating themselves with our game,” but will they be doing it any more now that Washington moves on to another series.
Boston Bruins downplayed the racism, and blamed it on a few knuckleheads, “these classless, ignorant views are in no way a reflection of anyone associated with the Bruins organization.”
Joel Ward of Washington subjected to racists tweets (CRPT)
Joel Ward of Washington subjected to racists tweets (CRPT)
Ward has had a rather weak season so far but tends to play better in playoffs, and is currently making $3 million a year. He was never drafted to the NHL, but played four years at the University of Prince Edward Island on Canada’s east coast.
If he continues in the next series against New York Rangers, and he does well, we may hear more from these racists, but that will not affect Joel Ward, he’ll keep scoring and do his very best.

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