Bruins distance team from racist tweets at Subban
Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban follows through on his game-winning goal in the second overtime period against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in Boston, Thursday, May 1, 2014. The Canadiens won 4-3. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) reacts after getting hit in the face by Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand's stick during the second period of Game 1 in a second-round of a Stanley Cup playoff series in Boston, Thursday, May 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
BOSTON – The Boston Bruins and Mayor Marty Walsh are condemning racist slurs about P.K. Subban that hit social media after the Montreal defenseman scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime of their playoff game Thursday night.
Bruins President Cam Neely issued a statement calling the tweets “racist” and “classless.” He said they came from an “ignorant group of individuals” who do not reflect the organization.
Walsh said in a statement that the tweets were “a disgrace. These racist comments are not reflective of Boston, and are not reflective of Bruins fans. I’ve said before that the best hockey in the world happens when the Bruins and Canadiens play each other, and there is no room for this kind of ignorance here.”
Subban, who is black, scored twice and the Canadiens won, 4-3, to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals.
His play has hurt Boston over the years and he has long been unpopular there. He was booed virtually every time he touched the puck Thursday night.
Subban’s brother, Malcolm, is a goalie with the Bruins’ minor league affiliate in Providence, R.I.