NHL player’s series-winning goal sparks racist tweets
Joyous teammates swarm Capitals right wing Joel Ward after his series-winning goal against the Bruins.
April 26th, 2012
03:27 PM ET

NHL player’s series-winning goal sparks racist tweets

By David Close and Jason Hanna, CNN

(CNN) –– As Joel Ward’s Washington Capitals teammates swarmed their new hero after his playoff series-winning goal against the NHL’s defending champions Wednesday night, more sinister emotions were swirling on social media.

A number of people took to Twitter with racist comments, calling Ward – one of about 20 black men currently on National Hockey League rosters – the N-word.

Perhaps to those tweeters’ surprise, someone collected 40 of those tweets and put them in one place: Chirpstory, a site where one can aggregate other people’s Twitter posts for posterity. (Read the collection – contains offensive language)

To what should be no one’s surprise, the post caught the attention of sports celebrities and media Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

“Despite a black president, things haven't changed,” sports columnist and ESPN “First Take” contributor Rob Parker tweeted Thursday morning.

Read the full post on CNN's This Just In blog

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  1. Claudio

    good posts Akin and Antonym. My bug bear is not so much the number of haildoys, but the unpredictability. It makes planning so tricky. The seven days off for the census buggered my project about no end. Then there was several critical reasons why I wanted everyone to be at work yesterday. It also buggered thousands of others about – events got cancelled, money was lost. Its a mystery why Mohammed's birthday celebration was announced at the last minute. I like a relaxed but dedicated approach to work, but Antonym has it exactly right – its difficult to get Nigerians to work when they are at work. Productivity is generally very low. People seem to see work more as a social opportunity than a getting things done opportunity.

    October 13, 2012 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tom


    April 26, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. raceisamyth

    And the president is black and white. Dont give me that one drop rule bs story

    April 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. raceisamyth

    That sucks. But its not the nhls fault or white peoples fault. Its stupid peoples fault. How about we add more whites to the nba?

    April 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bill lee

    The jigs should stay out of hockey.

    April 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |