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Simmonds subjected to racist chants overseas

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08:35 AM ET 10.30 | Wayne Simmonds, overseas playing hockey, has dealt with quite a bit more than the average NHL player during this lockout. On Sunday, in his third game with [Liberec], Simmonds and his teammates traveled to Chomutov. After a fight with Miroslav Zalesak in the third period, some Chomutov fans began chanting "opice" toward Simmonds. "Opice" translates to "monkey" in English. Simmonds is no stranger to having to deal with racism in hockey. We saw last September when during a preseason game in London, Ontario, a fan tossed a banana peel onto the ice. ... In the aftermath of the chants, both teams released statements condemning the actions of some fans in attendance.

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October 30, 2012  09:20 AM ET

No real surprise here. Some of Europe's premier soccer players are subject to racial taunting and slurs. I read a post on a thread yesterday where someone said that Europe is much more racially charged than the U.S.

October 30, 2012  09:22 AM ET

Reality check. Not every place on earth is like America or Canada. Everyone who **** about racism over here has no idea what racism is all about until they go visit other countries. And, skin color has little to do with it. If yours is a few shades different from theirs, you are a target. Period.

October 30, 2012  09:45 AM ET

They were only channelling their inner Howard Cosell.

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October 30, 2012  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Reality check. Not every place on earth is like America or Canada. Everyone who **** about racism over here has no idea what racism is all about until they go visit other countries. And, skin color has little to do with it. If yours is a few shades different from theirs, you are a target. Period.

So in short- It's enough to drive North Americans bananas.

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October 30, 2012  10:03 AM ET
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I'd feel bad for him if he wasn't stealing a job from another man.

a lot of job stealers over there now......feel sorry for the poor guy in Europe that has lost his job because of NHL lockout....

October 30, 2012  10:05 AM ET
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Being a lunatic for being a soccer fan, and a Leaf fan, and having gone to games in some of Europe's biggest stadiums and their biggest leagues, yeah, they don't hesitate at all to let the bananas and ugly chants fly over there. The worst I ever witnessed was in Spain, and I couldn't understand it because 7 of the home team's starting 11 were black and they were harassing the two black dudes on the other team. Like wtf?

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October 30, 2012  10:07 AM ET
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a lot of job stealers over there now......feel sorry for the poor guy in Europe that has lost his job because of NHL lockout....

There are a lot of guys here, and gals, that have lost their jobs due to the lock-out too.

October 30, 2012  10:25 AM ET
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There are a lot of guys here, and gals, that have lost their jobs due to the lock-out too.

even more so here....know a few who are out of work because of this fiasco...has a tremendous effect on all of us.... losing the potential income from the exhibitions lost and the potential loss off 41 home games creates a lot of bad feelings and creates a big negative economic impact...

October 30, 2012  10:30 AM ET
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LOL - You beat me to it Puckhead.

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October 30, 2012  10:54 AM ET

So, in Canada they throw banana peels, in Europe they chant racist insults but in the U.S. he's treated like any other player. Things that make you wonder. :)

October 30, 2012  11:05 AM ET
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LOL - You beat me to it Puckhead.

:-)

October 30, 2012  11:08 AM ET
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even more so here....know a few who are out of work because of this fiasco...has a tremendous effect on all of us.... losing the potential income from the exhibitions lost and the potential loss off 41 home games creates a lot of bad feelings and creates a big negative economic impact...

I read an article that due to the lock-out and the cancellation of the NHL Hall of Fame game....that the Hockey Hall of Fame has already had to start "adjusting" personnel due to the drop in attendance.

October 30, 2012  11:13 AM ET
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Being a lunatic of a soccer fan, and having gone to games in some of Europe's biggest stadiums and their biggest leagues, yeah, they don't hesitate at all to let the bananas and ugly chants fly over there. The worst I ever witnessed was in Spain, and I couldn't understand it because 7 of the home team's starting 11 were black and they were harassing the two black dudes on the other team. Like wtf?

alcohol?

Arent they all drunk anyways...

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October 30, 2012  11:25 AM ET
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I read an article that due to the lock-out and the cancellation of the NHL Hall of Fame game....that the Hockey Hall of Fame has already had to start "adjusting" personnel due to the drop in attendance.

its a shame....:(.........once this is over....going to be a tough PR in the nontraditional markets...

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