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Evander Kane thinks criticism is racially motivated

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06:28 PM ET 02.14 | The Winnipeg Jets' flamboyant forward, Evander Kane, has received his fair share of criticism lately and he is sure to have much more directed his way after suggesting that a majority of the criticism he has received is racially motivated. "I think a good portion of it is because I'm black and I'm not afraid to say that," Kane said. "I don't feel like a victim and I don't want to be perceived as one." The Jets did not make a comment on the matter, but said they were aware of Kane's comments. The fourth-overall pick by the Jets has been criticized for many off-the-field slip ups that included being out of shape in the KHL and posing with stacks of cash. Kane has also made some questionable decisions with his choice of haircut, but hey, to each their own. Prior to the NHL lockout, Kane signed a six-year, $31.5 million contract. In his 12 games with Winnipeg this season, Kane has racked up three goals and nine total points.

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February 14, 2013  09:42 PM ET

Tiresome. Stupid.

February 14, 2013  09:43 PM ET

"I think a good portion of it (criticism) is because I'm black and I'm not afraid to say that," Kane said.

I have nothing but contempt for anyone playing the race card for any reason, I don't care what shade of color they are. Quit your sniveling, Kane, grow a pair and be a man!

February 14, 2013  11:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

" I have nothing but contempt for anyone playing the race card for any reason, I don't care what shade of color they are".

For sure.......it's obvious that he has some attitude issues that trigger the critcisms.

February 14, 2013  11:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"I think a good portion of it (criticism) is because I'm black and I'm not afraid to say that," Kane said. I have nothing but contempt for anyone playing the race card for any reason, I don't care what shade of color they are. Quit your sniveling, Kane, grow a pair and be a man!

Ditto....if you can stand the heat...step away form the money stack.

February 15, 2013  01:54 AM ET

Wow. I'm really shocked. I've seen many players of all race play the game.........and it would seem every one of em got some criticisms along the way, as did my favourite player.

I wish i had more context, as based on this I feel like a little respect was just lost. How bout switching to boxing then Evander? Just a thought.

February 15, 2013  02:05 AM ET

They pay you like 5 or 6 mil a season or something, so I would also land on the side of logic that everyone on that team, as well as any other player perceived to be under-achieving, especially HIGH PAID ones, would get the most criticisms of any other teammates.

It would also seem that this sport is also very much not always a "team" sport, as other unknown players who put up #'s have to wait a lot longer, and have better abilities to stay off radar for the most part. There is another Kane who's off ice antics have landed him plenty of criticisms.....too bad he's not able to use this cop out for his perceived lack of production, and maturity.



Just sayin....

February 15, 2013  03:34 AM ET

The only 'racist' in this article is Evander Kane.

February 15, 2013  04:16 AM ET

From where I sit, it's this simple... People sometimes judge others based on real and/or perceived differences. That's the nature of humanity, and yes, sometimes it reaches a level of absurdity. The point is whether or not you the individual are going to dignify the absurdity by responding to it. The best advice I could give to anyone who feels like they're being singled out is to do the best you can at what you do and deal with the (inevitable) criticism and/or praise as it comes. If your honest with yourself, you'll take note of what has merit and discard the rest. You aren't going to stop people from being judgmental, stupid and/or intolerant, so why dignify negativity by giving it an audience? I once heard it said that, "You can't hold someone down at the bottom of the barrel unless you're willing to stay down there with them." Admittedly, some people provide the ammunition that others use against them, but if you know within yourself that you don't represent what the presumptuous and ignorant suggest about you know, you should embrace the fact that they are doing nothing but basking in their own idiocy. Also accept that anyone with a sense of decency sees those folks for exactly what they are.

February 15, 2013  07:36 AM ET

Only victims play the race card bud.

February 15, 2013  08:13 AM ET

read this backwards....says Evander Kane is an azszhollleeeeeee.....

February 15, 2013  08:15 AM ET

elohssa na si enaK rednavE

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February 15, 2013  08:52 AM ET
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I feel Evander's pane.I too all too often feel victim to discrimination based on my blue-and-whiteness.

LOL. But, in your case it MAY be true! :)))

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February 15, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I feel Evander's pane.

I too all too often feel victim to discrimination based on my blue-and-whiteness.

Firstly, what does this have to do with windows?

Secondly, so you're saying we're all stupidists?

February 15, 2013  10:13 AM ET

I find that people do things like this (play the racist angle) to cover up their own shortcomings as a player and a person. This has 2 very deleterious effects.
1) Because of the society we have created, (thanks to the liberals for this one) a lot of people automatically assume this is actually the case. The possibility of being fired or benched or booed based solely on performance is so abstract to these guys...to think it must be them? never....So it must be because of race, or gender or "preference".
2) It makes other people almost ignore REAL cases of racism. Sort of a real life "Cry wolf" issue. There are some real problems out there, people can't get a job or a home in a nice neighbourhood because of this, but because so many scream it instantly, the people with the real trouble get lumped in or ignored.

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February 15, 2013  11:41 AM ET

Grapes:

???When you act like he acts... if his name was O???Shaugnessy, he???d still get criticized. To say it???s racial is ridiculous.???

February 15, 2013  12:03 PM ET

Wait - You're black? I just thought you were a natural jackass. My bad.

 
February 15, 2013  05:12 PM ET

Remember what's his name? Practice? Practice? Now he is all but begging for jobs. This kid will grow up one day hopefully not to late.

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