Washington Capitals’ Joel Ward target of racist tweets after scoring NHL playoff series winning goal.
After Toronto-born Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward lifted his team past the Boston Bruins with an overtime goal in the seventh game of the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs a handful of racist fans slung tweeted a barrage of slurs.
Each game in the series was decided by one goal and four went into overtime, but when Ward’s 2-1 OT winner capped off the tight series some fans took to the micro-blogging site to spew racist comments.
“We lost … To a hockey playing n***** … What kind of sh** is this,” tweeted someone with the handle @Mahdawg_Jake.
Another person wrote, “Stupid n***** go play basketball hockey is a white sport.”“Despite a black president, things haven’t changed. Some Boston fans called Joel Ward, scored game-winner for the Caps, the N-word on twitter,” black ESPN sports journalist Rob Parkerwrote.
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