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The New York Rangers may have beat the Flyers 3-2 in a shootout, but an ignorant fan made some disgusting comments during the game that need to be addressed.

By Chris Wengert

The New York Rangers beat the Flyers in a shootout today by a score of 3-2.

We should be talking about Mats Zuccarello’s great shootout goal and Henrik Lundqvist’s heroic saves. But today hockey and sports are going to take a backseat.

There are times when real world topics and sports collide. Unfortunately these subjects are often the result of a tragedy or loss.

But today New York Rangers fans witnessed a different type of tragedy.

WARNING: The pictures you are about to see have disturbing content.

At 10:33 of the third period, Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds scored a great goal on the power play.

The usual banter on twitter began with Rangers fans spilling their thoughts on the goal. 99.9% of these comments were very innocent and appropriate.

But one ignorant and disgusting person found his 15 minutes of fame for this comment:1screensho6

For those readers that are not hockey fans, Wayne Simmonds is an African-American hockey player, something that is not all that common in the NHL.

Simmonds influence goes way beyond the Philadelphia Flyers, as he is paving the way for black athletes on the hockey rink.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Simmonds has dealt with this type of ignorance:

This incident happened back in 2011 when the Flyers were playing the Detroit Red Wings. When Simmonds was skating during a shootout attempt a fan threw a banana at him.

To say that the incident was unfortunate would be an amazing understatement.

Juan Cena was not done with that one comment though, because after he was questioned about the statement he had this to say:1screensho6 (1)A joke? He thought he was telling a joke? That word is a horrible, HORRIBLE word.

Let me be clear. I am very aware of this specific societal issue and I personally have no idea the what it feels like to be subjected to such degrading and racist comments.

There is nothing about that word or it’s history that is a joke. NOTHING. That word is rooted in unfathomable hate and should never be a punch line.

New York Rangers fans wear their jerseys with pride. We are a crazy and irrational bunch that think our team can win the Stanley Cup every year.

We laugh, cry, and scream together because we love our team.

But today we need to come together for a different reason. New York Rangers fans cannot allow this type of hate to take place.

Something we should never ever tolerate is hatred towards humanity. And whether Juan Cena realizes it or not that is just what this statement is: pure hate.

Call Simmonds a bum, goon, clown, ugly, or whatever snarky word you prefer.

But the minute someone crosses the line like Juan Cena did today, we all have a responsibility to stop the hate.

Juan Cena, you are not a hockey fan, you are not a New York Rangers fan, you are not a person.

You are a monster, and I’m embarrassed to be wearing the same New York Rangers sweater as you today.

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I've been a die hard Rangers and Giants fan for as long as I can remember. I enjoy sharing opinions, and hearing from fans that love their teams just as much as I do. Henrik Lundqvist makes all of us look like mere mortals. E-mail me at: [email protected]


  1. Who cares? Why waste everyone’s time on this? The president goes out of his way all the time to tell us about how racist white people are. Never the other way around though. BLM are heroes. Stop trying to be the thought police and write about hockey.

    • You read it and took the time to comment. You care more than you think. And your bootstraps story? Good for you, buddy. The world is proud. Nothing like a white dude noting his Masters from Hopkins in the same paragraph he questions white privilege.

    • Poor white boy. So deserving of praise. So unappreciated. 🙁

      There is no group that has historically had more privilege than “white men” in the American history. Not. Even. Close.

      I do not have the patience (my problem) to elaborate; to explain to you the height, width and depth of of this social and political tragedy.

      Considering your lack of intellectual depth, based on youre pathetically simplistic, irrational statement, severely lacking thoughtfulness, you probably wouldn’t comprehend such a correction.

      Book smart. Life dumb.

      I do truly wish you well though. Hopefully latter in life you will somehow you intellect and social awareness.

      Peace. 🙂

      PS “The president goes out of his way all the time to tell us about how racist white people are.”

      President Obama has hesitated to bring up the serious race problem in this country, probably because he knows there are many white people like you who are virtually intellectually incapable of (that) conversation. Rather typically stupidly and ignorantly stating that (he’s) a racist for just stating that volatile, but necessary, subject matter.

      Stupid. Ignorant. Anti-“progressive.” Is that a curse word? 🙂

      Again; peace. I wish you well.

    • YOU are obviously COMPLETELY LOST. You appear to be beyond just stupidity and ignorance. You do appear to be a damn racist. I use that word carefully.

      “White men” did found, build and run this country…

      They “founded” it after slaughtering Native Americans;
      They “built” it much on the backs of African slaves;
      They “run” it mostly still, after a slaughterous and bloody launch.

      “The times they are a changin’.” Thank you Bob Dylan.

      • You big dummy! “They built it much on the backs of African slaves”? So what were all the White people doing in the 1600s, 1700s and 1800s—sitting around looking at each other? All the heavy lifting and dying for the past 400 years has been done by Whites (see World War II: Out of 405,399 U.S. soldiers killed in combat, 708 were black. Yeah, thanks a lot for helping, Da’Quan).

        As for “Native Americans”, they were very good at slaughtering and enslaving each other long before anybody White was around (The Aztecs would sacrifice 20,000 at a time, mostly children, to The Sun God). The best thing that ever happened to the Indians is that Europeans conquered them. Got Casino?

      • After a long investigation I have concluded that my white skin has done nothing to get me where I am today just the wonderful upbringing two outstanding parents gave me. I only hope to repeat it one day.

      • No hate, yet the first thing you do with someone who disagrees with you is call them bad names. I have responded in kind, but I do dislike morons like you, so I’m not a hypocrite. At least admit you loathe people that don’t agree with your nonsensical views.

  2. Honky, Kike, Nigger, Spic, Chink, Guinea Just words that come with the First amendment! The problem is the individual that takes offence to the the word in my opinion. I’m Hispanic and my kids are Jewish I raised my kids to have thick skin and make fun and have fun I call them my little JewBano’s (Cuban Jew). When you write articles and give Ignorant folks with intention to hate this much attention It keeps the hate and Political COrrectness stupidity going! You can pick a fight or send hate with curse words or these so called racist words. Once we make them not bother us they become meaningless! SO now I call the writer of this Page Poopy Head!! Are Ya mad bra???

    • I keep using these words to describe people like you; I’m annoying myself a little. You are very sadly obviously stupid and ignorant. Truly! 🙁

      Words mean something. Your dismissal of that is profoundly ignorant.

      (I) remember a few specific sentences that were said to me decades ago that are much more painful than any physical pain I ever suffered. That is human nature.

      I suspect this of you, and certain others who share your thoughts: it could be having a thick skin, though such a person could still understand that words do count, and therefore knows that certain words in certain situations can be beyond annoying; they can be devastating.

      Furthermore, I suspect that you (and certain people who share your feelings) lack something of significance within your personality that precludes you from such human feelings; a stunted emotional capacity, rendering you from such innate human feelings; such emotional distress or pain. Therefore, a supposed “thick skin” is not really present. Such a positive is then invalid.

      Not a positive personality trait. Instead an absent of a primal human feeling and reaction. That is my suspicion.

      Your thoughts are very unimpressive.

      “The problem is the individual that takes offence to the the word….”

      Does an extremely depressed gay fourteen-year-old more likely commit suicide from being punched in the mouth a few times, or from a constant downpour of vile degrading words day after after day?

      Think about that. I much doubt I have helped. Maybe I have.

      Peace. 🙂


  3. I read the story. I hesitated to read the comments, if any. I saw there were five.

    I guessed: three ignorant assholes; two insightful, thoughtful people. Off by one; unfortunately for the worst.

    Except for Elbow Dropper among the first five (whatever the hell that means :-)), you’ve shown yourselves to have the collective intellectual depth of a puddle. Socially pathetic. 🙁

    I do wish you all well though. I really do.


  4. Blacks use the n word CONSTANTLY. Not only that, but women use the c word constantly but won’t allow men to use it. It’s not the bad, horrible words. It’s the flippin’ hypocrisy of the Left. I was a Leftist for 26 years. Believe me, the racism and bigotry is HUGE with them but they cloak themselves in tolerance. Nothing tolerant about them. That said, this guy was an idiot for tweeting it. There are a lot of idiotic sports fans.

    FYI I’m a Rangers fan. The few blacks in the NHL are there because they are outstanding. Who wouldn’t want Byfuglien or Simmonds or Subban on their team? These guys are great teammates and terrible to have to play against.