The day after four fans were ejected from the Chicago Blackhawks' game against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night after making racist comments toward Devante Smith-Pelly, the Caps forward said the situation was "sad" and "disgusting." Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box in the third period after a fight with Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy. He was seen becoming visibly upset with fans at the glass to his left, at one point grabbing his stick and walking over to tap the glass with it. United Center ushers removed four fans from the game after the incident. A Capitals spokesperson confirmed to ESPN that the fans were chanting, "basketball, basketball, basketball!" at Smith-Pelly. "It was a little different from the night before in Minnesota where that guy was just joking around I guess and didn't really cross the line," Smith-Pelly said. "What was said this time around crossed the line so you can kind of tell from my reaction." The 25-year-old discussed the situation with his father.
Devante Smith-Pelly calls racial taunts 'disgusting'
ESPN | Feb 18