Chicago Blackhawks ban 4 from home games due to racist taunt


The four fans ejected from Chicago’s United Center for making racist taunts against a black hockey player Saturday have been banned from attending Blackhawks home games.

The fans were notified of the decision directly by the Blackhawks, team spokesman Adam Rogowin wrote in an email to The Associated Press on Monday.

“Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks,” Rogowin wrote.

The ban comes after the fans were ejected for chanting, “Basketball, basketball, basketball” at Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly when he was sitting in the penalty box during the Blackhawks’ 7-1 win on Saturday.

The Blackhawks and arena officials reacted swiftly by ejecting the fans shortly after an off-ice official sitting next to Smith-Pelly notified building security.

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