Washington Capitals share message, game invite to youth team of 13-year-old player who faced racist taunts
Divyne Apollon II will be in attendance for the Capitals' game on Monday
Shortly after P.K. Subban, the Washington Capitals are following suit for Divyne Apollon II. Apollon, a 13-year-old who plays for the Maryland-based Metro Maple Leafs, was also harassed by racist taunts. It got to the point that Apollon's team ended up getting into a fight the Pennsylvania squad after standing up for their teammate.
Apollon and the Leafs got a surprise this week when the Capitals invited them to next Monday's game game against the St. Louis Blues. The team was invited via a video message from John Carlson and Devante Smith-Pelly, and their reaction is pretty fantastic.
The team will be included in a video and shown on the Jumbotron during the game.
Smith-Pelly. Some Blackhawks fans were ejected from the United Center for harassing Smith-Pelly while he was in the penalty box last season.
"For me to meet [Apollon] and look him in the face as someone who's gone through it and can talk to him and share my experience is important to me," Smith-Pelly told the Capitals website.. "It's a pretty gross thing to be happening."
"Keep playing and keep standing up for yourself," he advised Apollon in conclusion.
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