A Chicago Blackhawks NHL player Andrew Shaw has apologised for the offending comments he made on Tuesday while playing against St Louis Blues. But it did not help him to escape suspending. Though no audio of the incident was captured, cameras fixed him appearing to shout ‘F**k you, you f**king faggot’.
Andrew has apologised right the following day: “I wanted to apologise for my actions — I have no excuses for anything… I want to apologise to the gay and lesbian community. That’s not the type of guy I am.” But the NHL officials think that Shaw should be punished for his actions. The NHL decided that the comments by Shaw meant he should be suspended for one game. In an email to the Chicago Tribune, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said: “It is an unfortunate penalty for the player and for his team, particularly at this time of year, but hopefully it will be an eye-opening response for everyone involved in the league and in our game. As a league, we stand for tolerance and inclusion. We cannot and will not tolerate public commentary or behaviour by league or club personnel that is antithetical to those values.”