Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw has been suspended one game (and fined $5,000) for yelling an anti-gay slur after he was sent to the penalty box during Chicago’s loss to St. Louis Tuesday night.
In a statement released by the team, Shaw apologized and says he is “sincerely sorry for the insensitive remarks.” He apologized to the gay and lesbian community, fans and his team for his “hurtful” words and promised to learn from his mistake.
Shaw was sent off for interference at 17;56 of the third period, hurting Chicago’s chance for a comeback in what ended up being a 4-3 loss. While sitting in the box, Shaw directed the slur toward someone on the ice.
The Blackhawks said they were disappointed in Shaw, but did not indicate whether he might be punished by the team as well. Chicago trails the Blues 3-1 in the first-round playoff series and can be eliminated by St. Louis on Thursday night.
(The Associated Press)