The Colorado Avalanche are looking to continue their impressive run toward the Stanley Cup. The Avs lead the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in their NHL Western Conference Semifinal series. An incident that occurred during game three has resulted in a matter far more serious than hockey.
Star Colorado center Nazem Kadri received racist messages and threats after colliding with St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington on Saturday. Binnington was injured and will miss the rest of the series. Several fans took offense to what they thought was a dirty play.
Not long after the unfortunate on-ice incident, Akim Aliu, who works with Nazem Kadri on the Hockey Diversity Alliance, tweeted that the racist attacks started almost immediately. Aliu said that the police had to be brought in. The Avalanche are cooperating with the investigation.
“Talked to @43_kadri About his inadvertent collision w Binnington. Naz has been subject to so many racist attacks and threats since last night that police had to be brought in. Racist attacks like this have no place in hockey and should be investigated and reported on.”
In a statement released yesterday, the Colorado Avalanche confirmed that they are working with police regarding the threats. Both the team and Aliu said that such language and threats have no place in the game. Kadri contends that the collision was an accident.
Dirty plays happen frequently in the NHL. Even if Nazem Kadri did intentionally injure Binnington, there is no reason for racist threats. Time will tell if the police hold anyone accountable for their actions.
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