Blackhawks Andrew Shaw suspended 1 game for use of homophobic slur

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CHICAGO -- The NHL has taken quick action on Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw after his actions late in Game 4 of the team's first round playoff series with the Blues on Tuesday.

Around 3:15 p.m. the league announced that Shaw has been suspended one game for the use of a homophobic slur. The league has also fined him $5,000 for an inappropriate gesture towards an official.

“While Mr. Shaw was apologetic and remorseful for both the offensive comments and the inappropriate gesture directed at the on-ice officials, he must be held accountable for his actions,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “The emotion of the moment cannot and will not be a mitigating factor for the conduct that is expected of an NHL player.”

Following a end of game incident in the penalty box where it appeared Andrew Shaw uttered a homophobic slur towards one of the officials, the center today is apologizing for his actions in Game 4.

Here is the statement from Shaw released by the team Wednesday afternoon:

“I am sincerely sorry for the insensitive remarks that I made last night while in the penalty box. When I got home and saw the video, it was evident that what I did was wrong, no matter the circumstances. I apologize to many people, including the gay and lesbian community, the Chicago Blackhawks organization, Blackhawks fans and anyone else I may have offended. I know my words were hurtful and I will learn from my mistake."

He also addressed the media at a brief news conference Wednesday.

Along with Shaw's statement, the Blackhawks also released one of their own on the comments made in the penalty box by Shaw:

“We are extremely disappointed in Andrew Shaw's actions last night. His comments do not reflect what we stand for as an organization. We are proud to have an inclusive and respectful environment, and to support various initiatives such as the You Can Play Project and the Chicago Gay Hockey Association. We will use this opportunity to further educate our players and organization moving forward, so that we all may learn from it."

Shaw is still waiting to see if he will be punished for his actions at the end of Game 4.