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Hockey P.E.I.'s suspension of a player for posting on social media about racism continues to draw reaction from across the country, from Hockey Night in Canada, sports networks, and even in a tweet from Canadian singer k.d. lang.

Former Hockey P.E.I. president Gordie Lund has also weighed in, saying the organization over-reacted to the comments posted by 20-year-old player Keegan Mitchell of Charlottetown.

Mitchell was reacting to a two-game suspension handed to a member of the Kensington Vipers Junior B team for an anti-Asian racial slur aimed at one of Mitchell's teammates.

Mitchell also received a two-game suspension when he slashed the offending player's leg. In a social media post, Mitchell said he was defending his teammate and criticized Hockey P.E.I. for its handling of the situation.

As a result of the post, Mitchell is now facing an indefinite suspension due to violating the social media code of conduct set out by the organization.

"@Hockey PEI. C'mon. Do better," tweeted lang on Jan. 8.

Lund said Hockey P.E.I. has opened a "can of worms" with its decision.

"Keegan basically told the truth about his situation that he was involved in," Lund said.

 

"My opinion is he didn't discredit anybody and he definitely is sticking up for what he believes in — being a friend and player, teammate, basically came out and told the truth and is suspended indefinitely without a hearing … the social media rules, it's hard to stop."

MLA Gord McNeilly said he hopes Mitchell's suspension is reversed.

"This is allyship, this is bystander's training and he did an exceptional job … I hope that he appeals."

Hockey P.E.I. officials were not available for comment Monday.

Last week, they said that Mitchell's post violated their social media policy by publicly criticizing referees and Hockey P.E.I.'s disciplinary process.

Hockey P.E.I. has handed down other decisions in recent months involving racism and homophobia. Shortly after the fall season began, three boys were disciplined for the online bullying of a young player. One player was suspended from hockey for a year.

Two other cases involving homophobic remarks have resulted in five-game suspensions.

An incident where a goalie from Halifax said he was the victim of a racial slur while playing in a game on the Island is also being investigated.

Last month, McNeilly called on the province to appoint an independent commissioner to deal with issues around systemic racism.

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weird that the author of this story doesn't link to the actual posts that got the young fellow in trouble.

Also, obviously sad to see a racist taunt ing player get less suspension than a player questioning why that suspension was so low.

 

The people in this world seem to be getting weird-er.

 

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I think it is clear that they are not meeting precedent in the suspension of the player using racist slurs. Seems 5 games for homophobia and 2 for racism isn’t a great way to send a message. 
If the slash was bad enough to deserve a two game suspension then he should have been suspended no matter what the other player said, you can’t justify it that way. 
Those are some pretty thin skinned officials if that was enough to get him suspended further. He didn’t even specify what he was asking them to do better about. 
C’mon hockey PEI, do better. 

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On 1/12/2022 at 9:54 AM, gurn said:

I wonder how hard it would be to start a different junior hockey association, and leave the old one in the dust bin of history?

There are a lot of institutions/ organisations that I would love to apply that to.

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23 minutes ago, -DLC- said:

And yet another incident.

This one targeting Jordan Subban.

 

Truly sad....but at least the right outcome.

 


The Icemen released Panetta.

 

"To be clear, our core values as an ownership group include one love and zero tolerance for racism or any other forms of hate against any group whatsoever. The platform that is the Jacksonville Icemen is one that is more than just about hockey to us as a group. It is about using this platform to spread not only our love for hockey but our love for the community and for each other," team CEO Andy Kaufmann said in a statement.

"Though the investigation and review is ongoing at the league level, the Jacksonville Icemen will be releasing the player involved effective immediately and will continue our mission of sharing our love of community and hockey. On behalf of the entire Icemen organization, we apologize to any one who was offended and look forward to beginning t

 

 

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3 hours ago, 4petesake said:


The Icemen released Panetta.

 

"To be clear, our core values as an ownership group include one love and zero tolerance for racism or any other forms of hate against any group whatsoever. The platform that is the Jacksonville Icemen is one that is more than just about hockey to us as a group. It is about using this platform to spread not only our love for hockey but our love for the community and for each other," team CEO Andy Kaufmann said in a statement.

"Though the investigation and review is ongoing at the league level, the Jacksonville Icemen will be releasing the player involved effective immediately and will continue our mission of sharing our love of community and hockey. On behalf of the entire Icemen organization, we apologize to any one who was offended and look forward to beginning t

 

 

So just a couple days after the AHL suspends some guy for 30 games for racist gesture, this guy does the exact same thing… good luck finding a job after hockey with brains like that.

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8 hours ago, -DLC- said:

And yet another incident.

This one targeting Jordan Subban.

 

Truly sad....but at least the right outcome.

 

Honestly this case doesn’t sound like racism at all.  Sounds like someone overreacting to chirping on the ice that was in no way racist.  I feel really bad for Panetta he’s getting his entire career ruined for absolutely no reason.

 

There was no racial slurs he just made a muscle pose that he gives to many players he’s confronting.

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1 minute ago, Rindiculous said:

Honestly this case doesn’t sound like racism at all.  Sounds like someone overreacting to chirping on the ice that was in no way racist.  I feel really bad for Panetta he’s getting his entire career ruined for absolutely no reason.


I tend to agree and find his explanation not just believable but probable.

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15 hours ago, 4petesake said:


I tend to agree and find his explanation not just believable but probable.

But the problem is it's gonna be especially big because it's a Subban brother and you know how outspoken PK Subban is on everything social media.  He's already calling out the guy for deleting his social media.  Why wouldn't he?  He's probably getting constant death threats and hate he basically has to lock himself away from the outside world for now because the Subbans are so influential on the hockey world.

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4 minutes ago, Rindiculous said:

But the problem is it's gonna be especially big because it's a Subban brother and you know how outspoken PK Subban is on everything social media.  He's already calling out the guy for deleting his social media.  Why wouldn't he?  He's probably getting constant death threats and hate he basically has to lock himself away from the outside world for now because the Subbans are so influential on the hockey world.

Isn't this the kid that taunted Subban with a gorilla dangling arms pose?  Saying this was a "muscle pose" isn't really what happened.  The one boy was taunting the other, and it was clearly racist.  

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26 minutes ago, Alflives said:

Isn't this the kid that taunted Subban with a gorilla dangling arms pose?  Saying this was a "muscle pose" isn't really what happened.  The one boy was taunting the other, and it was clearly racist.  

Nope- not racist. As the player mentioned in his video; this is a pose he has used on multiple occasions.

Only now is it being labeled as racist.

Why is it being labeled racist now?

Because he did it to a player that happens to be black.

So nobody cared when it was done to non black players, but people care now that he did it to a fark skinned fellow.

 

 

Seems a bit racist to see it one way for one colour but another way for a different coloured player; doesn't it?

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