Fans direct racist taunts at Devante Smith-Pelly

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Just wanted to wrap this thread with this good news:


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A week after four Chicago Blackhawks fans were ejected from United Center after yelling racist taunts at Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly, some good has resulted from the incident.

Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Rosenbloom received an email Monday that suggested Blackhawks fans donate to a charity of Smith-Pelly’s choosing as a sort of civic apology. The author of the email, John Simpson, even offered to put up the first $10,000. After taking this idea to the Capitals, Rosenbloom published a story Tuesday that pointed Tribune readers to Fort Dupont Ice Arena, the cause Smith-Pelly picked. Fort Dupont Director Ty Newberry said Friday that the rink has received $23,000 from 353 donors.

“We are overwhelmed with the support from the hockey community, the people of Chicago, Blackhawks fans and others across the country,” Newberry said in an email. “We are incredibly grateful that Devante Smith-Pelly chose us as his charity; though, we would have preferred that this incident never occurred to begin with. It is great to know that the world is filled with so many more good people than it is bad.”


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Good to see something positive come from this unfortunate incident. 

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