NHL calls banana throwing 'stupid and ignorant'


TORONTO (AP) -A banana was thrown from the stands in London, Ontario, on Thursday as Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds was skating toward Detroit goalie Jordan Pearce during a shootout in an exhibition game. Simmonds is black.

Despite the disruption, Simmonds scored in the shootout, leading to a 4-3 Flyers victory.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says "the obviously stupid and ignorant action by one individual is in no way representative of our fans or the people of London, Ontario."

Simmonds, who is from Toronto, says "When you're black, you kind of expect (racist) things. You learn to deal with it."

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