Earlier this week, a group of Chicago Blackhawks fans chanted "basketball" at Washington Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly. The 25-year-old is black, and the implication of the chant was clear: the fans insinuated that Smith-Pelly didn't belong on the ice. They were booted from the game. He eventually confronted them. In the wake of the incident, the Blackhawks banned the four fans from home games. Now, other Chicago fans are uniting to turn an ugly situation into something positive. Blackhawks fans have raised over $20,000 for a charity of Smith-Pelly's choice. The movement originated with an article from Chicago Tribune writer Steve Rosenbloom, who published a reader's email with the idea. "It came from John Simpson, who suggested instead that Hawks fans donate to Smith-Pelly’s charity of choice or, failing that, to the Capitals’ team charity, and either way, he would deliver the first $10,000," Rosenbloom wrote.
Blackhawks Fans Raise Money for Charity After Racist Chant Directed at Devante Smith-Pelly
Complex | Feb 24