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Fan throws banana peel at Wayne Simmonds

Posted on: September 23, 2011 12:08 am
Edited on: September 23, 2011 12:10 am
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By: Adam Gretz

Well this is just sad.

During an exhibition game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night, which was being played in London, Ontario, a fan, and we use that term as loosely as possible in this situation, in the upper deck threw a banana peel at Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds, who is black, as he skated during a shootout attempt in his team's 4-3 loss.

Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News caught up with Simmonds following the game, and the 23-year-old forward, who was acquired by Philadelphia over the summer in the Mike Richards trade, took the high road.

From the Daily News:
"I caught it from the side of my eye," Simmonds said. "It was a banana. Hopefully, that wasn't directed towards me being black.

"Because if it was, that's just somebody being ignorant...

When you're a black man playing in a predominantly white man's sport, you've got to come to expect things like that," he said. "Over the past 23 years of my life, I've come to expect some things like that. But I'm older and more mature now, I kind of just left things roll off [my back]. I try not to think about stuff like that."
Sure, I suppose there's a .00000001 percent chance that the fan that threw it did so without some sort of racial intent behind it, but of all the players to throw something at, and of all the objects to throw on the ice (and you shouldn't be throwing anything, of course), there's no way that was just a coincidence. Seravalli also reports that the fan was not caught.

Simmonds ultimately scored on his shootout attempt, even with the distraction. He also scored a goal during regulation, tying the game at three with just 53 seconds remaining in the third period.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:07 pm
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Since: Sep 22, 2008
Posted on: September 24, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Fan throws banana peel at Wayne Simmonds

 to dcn---one can often lead to the other. Try walkin down blue hill ave in roxbury ma throwin banana peels i would lay odds you will be met with some sort of blunt force trauma.....and i was being facetious in my previous comment as i abhor both racism and 'unnecessary' violence.....i thought the inference was obvious as i was reusing the blogers illogic justification for finding humor in that overtly racist action as i applied it to something indisputably wrong such as curb stomping...thus highlighting the UNFUNNY-ness of his small mind.



Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Fan throws banana peel at Wayne Simmonds

I know you dislike the team to say the least, bonadrag, but dig down really deep to your common sense. Try. Now, what Philly fan is going to travel to London, Ontario to see a preseason game? The 3rd in as many nights. Why would they throw a banana peel at their own player right before he tries a shootout attempt in OT? And who wouldn't turn him in if it was a lone Flyer fan? If it wasn't a Detriot fan (and it might not have been) it could have been an impartial yokel there to watch a game and make a fool out of themselves. Or maybe the guy ran outta octopi :P



Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Fan throws banana peel at Wayne Simmonds

Too bad they didn't catch the ingnorant p*ssy who threw it.  Security could have escorted him to the locker room so he could personally hand Simmonds the banana face to face and then leave them alone for 5 minutes, or so.  Now THAT would be worth the price of admission!!



Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2011 11:58 am
 

Fan throws banana peel at Wayne Simmonds

Why are we presuming this WASN'T a Philly fan? The Flyers were playing in the game if you didn't notice. I know that was my gut reaction when I read this...I was shocked to see it was played in London and not Philly. 



Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 11:36 am
 

Fan throws banana peel at Wayne Simmonds

I always thought that a banana peel was more directed at someone slipping and falling which could have been the intent. 
slipping? Probably not if he's on ice to begin with. Chances are a banana peel won't make him lose his balance Undecided His profession involves keeping his bearings on slippery surfaces.

It's pretty clear they were saying something without saying something. I mean c'mon. If you wanna be real, let's be real.

At least Simmonds handled it the right way. That's the real story. He pretty much mad it clear that these kinda things will happen, but it's not everyone and he won't let it bother him. A less mature person would flip out and complain.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 11:24 am
 

Fan throws banana peel at Wayne Simmonds

How come it is automatically labeled racist?  I always thought that a banana peel was more directed at someone slipping and falling which could have been the intent.  To say that a banana automatically means that black people are monkeys makes that more racist than the act itself!
You have answered the question with your own message.  Who said anything about monkeys?  It was not necessary to do so since monkeys are an obvious and all too common inference for racism.  (You should look up the word "rhetorical".)

As for your logic about the assertion is "more racist than the act itself"; simply stated, you have failed to establish this point.  If I am being too subtle, you are wrong.  You display racism without any apparent appreciation that you manifest it rather glibly.  You attempt to make a point without the benefit of logic.  This, too, is a sad thing.




Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 11:11 am
 

Fan throws banana peel at Wayne Simmonds

hey awol dcn, throwing a banana peel and an act of violence like curb stomping are  is not comparable funny... in any sense. 




Since: Jul 3, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 11:10 am
 

Fan throws banana peel at Wayne Simmonds

How come it is automatically labeled racist?  I always thought that a banana peel was more directed at someone slipping and falling which could have been the intent.  To say that a banana automatically means that black people are monkeys makes that more racist than the act itself!



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2011 10:59 am
 

Fan throws banana peel at Wayne Simmonds

hey awol, throwing a banana peel and an act of violence like curb stomping are not comparable. 


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