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Panthers' Barch ejected for alleged racial slur

Posted on: December 31, 2011 9:55 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2011 10:56 pm

By Brian Stubits

It's been an eventful end to the year in Florida. On Friday there was the scrum in the closing seconds of the game that saw Tomas Kopecky punch the Rangers' Michael Del Zotto after being hit in the head with Del Zotto's stick. After the game Florida's Krys Barch talked about there would be scores to settle when the teams meet again next week.

After Saturday night's game against the Montreal Canadiens, Barch might not be there to take part in the settling.

The enforcer the Panthers acquired earlier this season in a trade from the Dallas Stars was given a game misconduct at the end of the first period when the teams had a fracas in front of the net. At first it wasn't immediately clear as to why.

Then George Richards of the Miami Herald reported that the word from the linesman Darren Gibbs was that the reason for the ejection was the fact that Barch hurled a racial slur in the direction of Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, who is black.

Renaud P. Lavoie of RDS in Quebec confirmed after the game that Barch was ejected for using a racial slur. He reported that Subban didn't hear the insult but the linesman did.

Panthers general manager Dale Tallon had no comment at the end of the second period but team general partner Cliff Viner shared his disappointment over the incident with the Herald.

“This is not what the character of this organization is about. Period. I'm devastated by that kind of behavior. That is not what we're about as an organization, a team, coaching staff, hockey operations.

"Dale, I'm sure, will be very critical of this. I hope they talk to the team and let them know this is unacceptable. You play hard, you fight hard. But that's not part of any competition."

After the game, Panthers coach Kevin Dineen addressed the Barch incident (also from the Herald).

Said coach Kevin Dinnen: “We have a broken up player back there. He feels extremely bad that there was an insinuation that something inappropriate was said. Now it's a league matter. Obviously the Florida Panthers and Krys Barch are really shoken up about this."

Subban told the Montreal media that he didn't hear a slur and that no one else on his team did either. Erik Cole added that he heard something but wasn't sure what. To paraphrase, he said it could have been something related to Subban's parents.

As Dineen said, now it becomes a league matter. That means it will fall to the league offices, but not Brendan Shanahan's desk. Instead, player conduct issues fall under the jurisdiction of Colin Campbell, the former discipline czar.

Barch's agent, Scott Norton, said he spoke to his client after the game and defended Barch.

"Spoke to client Krys Barch and I 100% stand behind him that there was no racial motivation at all involved! Truth will come out. I have known Krys Barch since he was 15 yrs old, and he is a quality, character human being. He did not, nor would ever, make a racial slur."

Unfortunately, this is something that is still seen around hockey. Even infrequent cases are still too often. Remember in a preseason game between the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers in London, Ontario, Philly's Wayne Simmonds, also black, was moving in on net in the shootout when a fan threw a banana peel on the ice.

Nor is it the first time that Subban has had to deal with some racial insensitivity, if it did happen here. Last season some fans thought it would be a good idea to wear blackface to a game while wearing "Subbanator" shirts.

You don't need me to tell you there is no place for discrimination in the game. When you start to think that it is no longer a problem in the sport, something like this happens. I'm not here to call Barch a racist, I don't know him personally. But if he did use a racial slur he is going to be viewed as such by many.

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Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:13 am

Panthers' Barch ejected for alleged racial slur

BTW, I have personally met Jim Brown. What a Racist Piece Of S#!T he is!

Most of us probably already knew that, if you've ever seen him interviewed on the tele. It's easy to tell by the what he says that he's a racist. But wait? He's black, so he's not a racist. We are the racists for calling him one. Isn't that how it works? Brown also expects black players to give their money to groups supporting blacks. That's a racist comment right there. Reason: They make alot more money today and can afford it! Gee whiz, is that how life works? I guess all the white millionaires should support some of the white community because they have more money also. What kind of freakin comment is that? It is up to the person that has the money, what they want to do with it. Grow up Jim Brown. You'll be dead pretty soon, so it's not too late.


Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:25 am

Panthers' Barch ejected for alleged racial slur

you know what why don't you do that and i bet you dollar to donuts you will not leave alive.let's say it would be your last days on earth.''JERK''

Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 6:37 am

Panthers' Barch ejected for alleged racial slur

Gearhead, you are an ignorant a**hole. 

Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2012 10:30 pm

Panthers' Barch ejected for alleged racial slur

Gearhead, stepping up for the 1st time this New Year for pisinomalaka of the year.


Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2012 7:23 pm

Panthers' Barch ejected for alleged racial slur

Subban deserves it, he plays like he's stright out of the ghetto.  He's constantly taking cheap shots and tries to step on people's feet with his skates to try to cut them (Jordan Staal).  Luckily they check him for knives before the games begin.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2012 5:44 pm

Panthers' Barch ejected for alleged racial slur

I know Barch has told off white people, and checked more white players into the boards than black players. So Now its ok right? (there goes your Barkley theory) And, why is it, if a black man calls himself "Reverend" he can say and do whatever he wants?? BTW, I have personally met Jim Brown. What a Racist Piece Of S#!T he is! If a white player DENIED a kid an autograph, just because he was black! He wouldn't play pro sports ever again! (personal experience)

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2012 4:30 pm

Panthers' Barch ejected for alleged racial slur

Who cares anyway? Hockey Sucks! Its for closet rednecks & hypocrites that's why few people watch it!!!!

So is that why a moronic tard like yourself is on a hockey board? Go get a life junior.

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: January 1, 2012 3:35 pm

Panthers' Barch ejected for alleged racial slur

What I've learned from this board is that if someone calls you a racial slur, you're not allowed to take offense to it because if you do you're playing the race card.  For everyone with this attitude, please send me your address.  I'd like to personally come to your home and call your wife/girlfriend a bitch and your son/daughter a slur or two.  And're not allowed to get offended.  After all, it's just words, right?

Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2012 3:06 pm

Panthers' Barch ejected for alleged racial slur

racist means you discriminate beacuse of race Barkley doesnt fit because he will tell you off if your black white or what ever Reggie told how different culture excell at different things You might want to find out what racist is before you throw the word around oh and by the way they both married white women who rates these post anyway this scored a 99

Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:42 pm

Panthers' Barch ejected for alleged racial slur

So your saying two wrongs will make it ok. I work in the school system I dont condone the slurs beng thrown around by people sad as it maybe it is the trend but the n word is being used by both whites and blacks at each other it does not hold the same weight with kids as it does with the older generation I dont want someone black or white calling me that period. The black kids feel a right of entitlement to the word because of the history is it right no but it still doesnt give whites or anyone else the right to throw the word around as far a white player in the NBA being caslled white cracker maybe but  I  dont think it is as often as you would like to believe it seems to me you want an excuse to use the word just reading your post Im just saying if its wrong say its wrong and dont make excuses for the use of the word jusr saying

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