CHICAGO —Chicago Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw has released a statement after appearing to use a homophobic slur Tuesday night in a playoff loss to the St. Louis Blues.
“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."
The Chicago Blackhawks have released the following statement:
“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."
A prominent gay rights group affiliated with the NHL says it plans to reach out to the league after Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw appeared to use a homophobic slur during a 4-3 playoff loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.
Shaw was sent off for interference at 17:56 of the third period.
While sitting in the penalty box, it appeared as if Shaw was yelling at officials and video of the incident appeared to show him using a homophobic slur.
After the game, Shaw was asked if he had used a slur.
According to The Chicago Tribune, he said, “I mean, emotions are high, I really don’t know what’s said,” Shaw said. “I was obviously upset with the call being that late in the game (as) it doesn’t give us a chance to tie it up."
When asked again if he used the slur, Shaw replied: “Like I just said, I can repeat myself for you. Emotions were high. I don’t know what was said. Obviously, I was upset with the call. It was late in the game like that. I wasn’t happy with the call.”
The NHL’s Hockey Operations has disciplined players in the past for obscene gestures or language. On Wednesday morning, Tribune reporter Chris Kuc tweeted that NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says league is "looking into" the incident.
The You Can Play Project said it planned to reach out to the NHL and tweeted: “We are aware of tonight's incident and will be reaching out to the NHL immediately to assist in an appropriate response.”