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Police have suspect in Simmonds/banana case

Posted on: September 27, 2011 4:11 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2011 4:58 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

In the week's OTHER Wayne Simmonds story, the one without Sean Avery, there has been a break in the case.

It was last week when the Flyers will battling the Maple Leafs in an exhibitio match in London, Ont. when the game went to a shootout. While Simmonds, who is black, was driving toward the net, a banana came flying from the stands and right by Simmonds, who ignored it and still scored the tie-breaking goal. But nobody was held responsible for the act that certainly appears to be racial in nature (minus the legality issues of throwing something onto the ice during the game) as the banana-thrower wasn't spotted, as hard as that is to believe.

Turns out, maybe the thrower was seen. By a few people. The London police opened up an investigation into the matter and shared that they have a tip.

From the London Free Press:

"We have information that's been given to us ... and that obviously means a name has come forward," Const. Dennis Rivest said Tuesday.
He said no charges have been laid and the investigation is ongoing, he said.
More than one person who contacted police and the John Labatt Centre, where the banana-throwing took place, mentioned the same name, he said.
Rivest wouldn't give any identifying information about the suspect.
"It's pretty tough to predict how long an investigation is going to take," he said. "Hopefully, we have a resolution fairly quickly."
The banana-tosser could be subject to a charge of "engaging in a prohibited activity" under the Trespass to Property Act.

So there you have it. The police seem to have their suspect who could be charged. But the real punishment in this case will the revelation of the person's name and them being subjected to the scorn. He or she could be banned from the arena for a year or longer and suffer other tangible penalties like a fine, but that wouldn't compare to the humiliation of being outted.

There has been plenty of debate on this subject, about giving the thrower 15 minutes of fame with all the discussion. Some argue it's akin to showing a fan streaking onto the field at a baseball or football game. TV cameras don't show it, trying to not embolden future attempts. But people such as former goaltender and current NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes have expressed their feelings that this person should have their name and face plastered all over, to take responsibility for their actions.

Me? I hope all this silliness comes to an end by the time the season begins.

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kkjyywlpo
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 6:51 pm
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Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Police have suspect in Simmonds/banana case

a black guy can call a white guy, who openly speaks for gay rights,  a homo but a white fan is in trouble for throwing a banana on the ice. This is racial equality these days, or gender equality, or whatever, but here's the thing. White people are now the MINORITY and look at our country now, a mess and broke. Do the f'n math people without counting on your fingers!



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:36 pm
 

Police have suspect in Simmonds/banana case

 

LONDON, Ont. -- Police have charged a 26-year-old man over an apparent racial incident in which a banana was thrown on the ice while a black player was taking part in a shootout during an NHL pre-season game.

Police say Chris Moorhouse of London, Ont., has been served a summons for engaging in a prohibited activity under the provincial Trespass to Property Act.

If convicted, he faces a fine of up to $2,000.




Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Police have suspect in Simmonds/banana case

That was mean.



Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:38 pm
 

Police have suspect in Simmonds/banana case

It's fucked up that this guy could possibly go to jail!  I thought Monkeys liked bananas??????




Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2011 9:40 am
 

Police have suspect in Simmonds/banana case

They should put him in a jail cell w/ Wayn Simmonds for a while and walk away, I'm sure he'll get just as bad a beating.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 9:01 am
 

Perfect punishment:

I think they should throw him in a jail cell with about 10 African-Americans, announce very loudly why he is there, and walk away for awhile.



Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2011 7:14 am
 

Police have suspect in Simmonds/banana case

LOL, better yet. Make this clown go to a Raiders game in Oakland, visit the Black Hole and start passing out banana's. Now that spell's an ass kicking.



Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2011 7:11 am
 

Police have suspect in Simmonds/banana case

If anyone knows what a game of "Helmets and Gloves" means for hockey player's raise your hand. If you don't, it just consist of a couple of teammates of a hockey team squaring of in the middle of the dressing room with your gear or no gear...but must have Helmets and Gloves. And from there, you beat the shit out of each other, Period. Here in lies my solution for this idiot Banana thrower. Instead of giving him something that will probably amount to as much as a speeding ticket, throw him in a match of Helmets and Gloves with Simmons and see if that idiot will throw a banana ever again. Anywhere, EVER! Or just shove a banana up his ass, either way this will stay with this idiot for life. Serves him right.


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Since: Sep 27, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:40 am
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