Barch suspended one game for shot at P.K.

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The NHL has suspended Krys Barch of Florida for a racially-tinged remark directed at P.K. Subban.
Barch was tossed out of the Canadiens’ New Year’s Eve game against the Panthers.
The NHL cited ¬†an “inappropriate comment” in suspending Barch for one game.

“Mr. Barch has admitted making the remark, but denies that the comment was racially motivated,” said Colin Campbell, Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations. “While we accept Mr. Barch’s assertion, as a player in the National Hockey League, he must be held accountable for making a comment that, in the context in which it was made, and in light of the entirety of the circumstances, was offensive and unacceptable.”

There are reports that after Subban went down in a tussle with Florida defenceman Erik Gudbranson, Barch asked the Canadiens’ defenceman if he had “slipped on a banana peel”.

The reamrk was overheard by linesman Darren Gibbs. Barch was given a 10-minute misconduct and a game misconduct.

Kerry Fraser has weighed in on the issue in his TSN column:

Political correctness in our ever changing world demands us to be sensitive to the feelings of others. The hard truth is that the intolerance and inequality well documented throughout history was never okay but certainly something to learn from.

Even though there is no ‘PC rule book,’ we should all know what type of comments cross the line. Some years ago, ‘racial taunts or slurs’ were added to the NHL rule book under Game Misconduct, rule 23.7 (ii) to address these changing times. Respect and tolerance for the differences of others is something that we must uphold.

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