Add Morgan Rielly to the growing list of NHL players condemning the racist taunt made by Andrei Deniskin.
During a stoppage in play Sunday, the Ukrainian Hockey League player shouted at Donbass defenceman Jalen Smereck, who is Black, and then mimed unpeeling a banana and eating it.
Deniskin was ejected from the game.
The clip went viral, and multiple NHL players denounced Deniskin’s actions.
“Yeah, I saw it,” Toronto Maple Leafs alternate captain Morgan Rielly said Monday. “Obviously it was a horrible act. It was disgusting. I mean, there's no place for that in our sport, but especially just in our society. In terms of what should be done about it, I don't know. But I think there has to be action. And I think it's just a sign that there's more work to be done. I think it's very clear. And when stuff like that happens, it just is terrible.”
Added Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell: “Of course, you don't want to see that anywhere.”