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Avery says Simmonds called him homophobic slur

Posted on: September 26, 2011 11:33 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2011 9:14 am

By: Adam Gretz

Less than a week ago Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds was on the receiving end of a racial taunt when somebody threw a banana peel at him during an exhibition game played in London, Ontario. Simmonds showed a great deal of maturity and class when talking about the incident after the game, and basically said that he allows things like that to roll off of his back and didn't really speak about it again.

On Monday night, during Philadelphia's 5-3 win over the New York Rangers, which featured a handful of intense moments, Rangers agitator and pest Sean Avery accused Simmonds of calling him a homophobic slur during one of the many heated exchanges that took place during the game.

The heated moment was caught on camera.

Simmonds claimed, via Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record, that he doesn't remember exactly what he said during the encouner.

Avery, who is paid to do whatever he can to get under the skin of his opponent and get them off their game, whether it be physically or verbally,  has a long history of controversial comments and actions, both on the ice and off of it.

A couple of examples: 1) He once called a press conference to talk about players dating his ex-girlfriends, resulting in a six-game suspension. 2) As a member of the Los Angeles Kings he was accused of making fun of one of his teammates, Dustin Brown, due to a lisp that had been with him since childhood. 3) He once forced the NHL to change its rules during a playoff series due to his decision to stand in front of Martin Brodeur, raise his arms in the air, and wave them back and forth. 

Yes, he's quite the character.

Off the ice he has been a vocal supporter of equal marriage rights and has spoken out in support of openly gay hockey players.

It remains to be seen whether or not the NHL will -- or can -- do anything, but in recent years the NBA has fined players such as Kobe Bryant and Joakim Noah for using homophobic slurs toward officials and fans. TSN's Bob McKenzie pointed out on Monday evening that the NHL's policy is to check with on-ice officials to see if they heard anything, and if not, nothing usually happens as far as discipline is concerned.

Of course, with Brendan Shanahan running things now you can probably throw the old policy out the window because he seems intent on dropping the hammer.

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Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 5:45 pm

Avery says Simmonds called him homophobic slur

Can you imagine some of the exchanges from player to player on the ice?Why go and cry to the on ice offical handle it like a man and drop the gloves!If Avery acting like he is sensitive to this issue is laughable with his track record of perhaps being one of the most hated individuals in the NHL.If i were Simmonds i would deny it was ever said.The NHL needs GLAAD envolved like a hole in the head.Whats next they hand out 2 minutes for cursing?

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2011 5:07 pm

Avery says Simmonds called him homophobic slur

Simmonds of all people should realize how this is offensive to some

Since: Apr 5, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2011 2:57 pm

Avery says Simmonds called him homophobic slur

Cant wait until simmonds finds him again next game, who rats on a player to the media on an incident that took place on the ice..Im sure averys vocabulary is full of homophobic slurs and gestures and im also sure that someone could report an incident like this after every game, simmonds embarrassed avery so that was his counter- what a ***

Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 2:28 pm

Avery says Simmonds called him homophobic slur

With Avery's track record I would seriously have to question his accusation

Since: Jul 3, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 2:17 pm

Avery says Simmonds called him homophobic slur

I am a flyer fan and i agree with your comments.  Overall, way too much attention has been brought to both incidents.  Someone threw a banana, big freaking deal.  Someone called someone else a name duing the heat of battle, big freaking deal!  Get over it!

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2011 2:14 pm

Avery says Simmonds called him homophobic slur

How about Avery mans up like Simmonds did. What does lil seany boo think is going to happen now that he's crying like a LIL are supposed to be a tough guy hockey player. NOT A CRY BABY LIL PUNK!!!

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 2:11 pm

Avery says Simmonds called him homophobic slur

I don't see the big story here?  Someone threw a banana peel at Simmonds... He said it doesn't bother him, that stuff just rolls off his shoulders (he did make the goal, afterall)...  Then he threw out some awful words in the heat of an emotional exchange with a well-known gadfly (yes, awful, because NONE of us have ever done that?!?!), because, like he said, he expects people can handle that sort of stuff without turning it into a political moment to save the world...

It obviously didn't hurt Avery's feelings-- since he spends all his time hurting other people's feelings.  Pretty sure Simmonds didn't mean any offense to any random gay fans in the stands, who might have overheard (unless they pissed him off, too). 

It's a common insult-- whether in poor taste or not.  I mean, we ALL know what he actually called him, even though it's never actually mentioned in the article.  It's THAT common, and hurled at straight people as often as gay people.  Insults, by nature, are meant to hurt the feelings of the person they're slung at...  So they need to be offensive.

If neither of the people involved in the exchange had their feelings hurt-- then what's the story?  Maybe a new headline is warranted:  "People Sometimes Say Inappropriate Things When They're Angry" (yawn)  And maybe a sub-heading:  "Especially people who don't tend to take offense at that kind of stuff (ie, Simmonds)"

Luckily, we're past the point of getting upset whenever somebody calls someone else any other common insults like "mother-ph**ker" (insensitive to incest victims), or "bitch" (poor little female dogs, turned into a derogatory slang), or for some reason, it's not as bad as Simmonds calling Avery a "cocksucker"-- which is essentially the same insult.

Get over it people.

(Oh, and by the way-- I'm a bleeding heart liberal...  We're actually not ALL oversensitive tree-huggers who take everything too literally, or worship the media's every word...  some of us just see the smarts of investing our government's-- ie, citizens'-- money to better the poorest, dumbest people in our country, so they won't steal our shit and break things, and also to make sure EVERYONE is as educated and healthy as can be...  so there's a bigger pool of folks who might develop the skills to do things like cure cancer, find a new drug to worship other than oil, find a way to accomplish ANYTHING for the people they represent in this political stalemate hell, or maybe write quirky new time-wasting apps for my Ipad, etc. )

**PS- Still cracking up at dude who thought Ontario is in Europe, or inhabited by Europeans ???  There needs to be an offensive insult for guys like THAT!  See comment above about why Liberals think we need to spend more money on things like education...**

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 1:01 pm

Avery says Simmonds called him homophobic slur

TeamJrod, I didn't know political correctness and hurt feelings were a primary part of hockey? Most people try to escape that garbage through sports but the liberal media tries to shove it down our throats anyways. I was just pointing out there's other stuff more important than naughty words, so let us enjoy the sports and keep the liberal agenda out of it.

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