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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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Comments

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:24 pm
 

Police have suspect in Simmonds/banana case

Not quite seeing the racial part..... my horse loves bananas!



Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 7:38 pm
 

Police have suspect in Simmonds/banana case

If they put this suspects name and face on a Billboard and he got beat to a pulp im sure Lawyers would be lining up to represent this guy saying that his rights were voilated.



Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 7:35 pm
 

Police have suspect in Simmonds/banana case

not really much you can do to the guy.....



Since: Sep 27, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Police have suspect in Simmonds/banana case

Top Notch Journalism... The team wasn't the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Flyers played the Detroit Red Wings.

There was never anything great about London, Ont, but this is a new low and hope they get this guy.



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 6:39 pm
 

Police have suspect in Simmonds/banana case

Publish this guys name , and a pic would be nice as well. Lets make his life a living hell.



Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 6:31 pm
 

Police have suspect in Simmonds/banana case

Didn't read this article but read the London, Ont one and it said there was another banana peel thrower earlier in the game aimed at Simmonds but the peel didn't make it to the ice. Hope it's the same guy and not a 2nd moron.

Weeks is a class act and I agree with his idea what should be done to that banana peel chucker.

Didn't know the Giants fan attackers haven't been busted yet. Heard two got arrested but looks like only one person can ID one of the attackers. Giants fan family suing McCourt the Dodgers owner for medical cost.  Wonderful world we live isn't it, ugh. McCourt will weasel out of it by claiming bankruptcy probably and the fan will get no justice at all or money.






Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Police have suspect in Simmonds/banana case

jeepster et al.:

Unless there's been a recent development that I'm not aware of, the L.A. police have charged two people with the Stow beating (or abetting it, in the case of one of them).  They arrested one suspect several months ago but apparently got the wrong guy, and I believe released him when they picked up the other two.  Now, if they've exonerated them as well, I sure haven't heard of it.

In the case of the banana thrower, it's interesting that (a) no one reported him at the arena, even though anyone sitting right behind him or close by on at least one side must have seen him make the throw; and (b) despite that, according to the report, several people identified him by name--i.e., either these people were in his party of at least three or had sat near him enough times to know his name.  I guess they couldn't figure out the right thing to do till they got home, eh?  (Or else the news report is wrong.  That wouldn't be so surprising either.) 



Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Police have suspect in Simmonds/banana case

We have information that's been given to us ... and that obviously means a name has come forward," Const. Dennis Rivest said Tuesday.


Yet those responsible for beating a Giants fan almost to death in Los Angeles remain at large. Nice world we live in!


completely different worlds London, Ontario and L.A. are...



Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2011 5:50 pm
 

Police have suspect in Simmonds/banana case

We have information that's been given to us ... and that obviously means a name has come forward," Const. Dennis Rivest said Tuesday.


Yet those responsible for beating a Giants fan almost to death in Los Angeles remain at large. Nice world we live in!



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Police have suspect in Simmonds/banana case

I'm all for putting this individual's face up in the media (assuming they are an adult) and banning him from a rink.   No need for criminal charges if they do that as is suggested in the column.


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