freedom of speech.
maybe it ain't all it's cracked up to be...
David, are you a hockey fan?
what team/s do you follow?
David,f you're not a hockey fan, why did you bother opening the thread?
I'm curious what caught your attention in the thread title.
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Joel Ward not letting tweets ruin win
Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward, one of the NHL's few black players, was the target of racial slurs on
his Twitter page after his goal 2:57 into overtime eliminated the Boston Bruins from the Stanley Cup playoffs.
But Ward, 31, told USA Today Thursday that he's never experienced racist remarks in his four seasons in the
NHL -- and that he wasn't planning to let a few hateful Twitter posts ruin what he called the biggest goal of his
Ward, who was not aware of the racist comments and threats until teammate Jeff Halpern alerted him, told
USA Today the entries were "shocking to see, but it didn't ruin my day."
"Halpern just took offense that people weren't talking about the goal, (but rather) getting into racist remarks,"
Ward said, according to the report. "I think he was telling me had my back, and felt bad that (some Twitter users)
were talking about the negative side, instead of how we are moving on."
Halpern wasn't alone in supporting Ward, who said he planned to thank those who came to his defense on
Twitter and other social media, according to the report.
"I'm definitely getting a lot of support," Ward said. "There have been a lot of Boston fans who have supported
me, which is very cool to see."
The Bruins, in a statement, said the organization was "very disappointed by the racist comments that were made
following the game last night. These classless, ignorant views are in no way a reflection of anyone associated with
the Bruins organization."
The NHL also issued a brief statement, saying: "The racially charged comments distributed via digital media
following last night's game were ignorant and unacceptable. The people responsible for these comments have no
place associating themselves with our game."