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Racist Gesture At NHL Game

Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds was the subject of a racist gesture during an NHL exhibition game in London, Ontario on Thursday night.

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Wayne Simmonds, who is black, had a banana thrown at him while he attempted to score on a penalty shot Thursday evening.  The banana was tossed at Simmonds during a shootout.  Simmonds scored but the Flyers lost to the Detroit Red Wings 4-3. 

Simmonds is 23 years old.  He said that nothing like this has happened to him before during a hockey game.  “I’ve never had a banana thrown at me before.  That’s a first for me,” he told the Philadelphia Inquirer.  “I guess it’s something I obviously have to deal with — being a black player playing a predominantly white sport.  I’ve grown a lot playing in this league and throughout my whole life.  I’m not going to dwell on that.  It’s over with now.”

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