Statement regarding Andrew Shaw’s use of a gay slur during the April 19, 2016 Chicago Blackhawks – St. Louis Blues playoff game, and the NHL’s subsequent one-game suspension and $5,000 fine for use of the slur and obscene gesture at a referee.
Allof us at You Can Play were saddened and offended to see Andrew Shaw’s use of homophobic slurs during an NHL game. We wholeheartedly support the NHL’s decision to discipline Mr. Shaw. After four years of working with You Can Play, NHL players can no longer use ignorance as an excuse for not understanding the power of their words and the effect they have on their teammates, fans, and the LGBT community. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the NHL, the Blackhawks, and Mr. Shaw as we work to finally eradicate homophobia in sports.