Considering the NHL’s three significant disciplinary decisions tonight, it’s probably not fair to say that the league is procrastinating when it comes to the Krys Barch-P.K. Subban situation.
However you explain it, the decision isn’t expected to come until sometime before Barch’s Florida Panthers play on Thursday. Nick Kypreos reports that Barch’s much-delayed hearing will come at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
The sensitive nature of the situation and tough task of compiling proper evidence probably explains the curious amount of time required to make the decision. That being said, the unexpected build-up gives it the feel of a precedent-setting verdict, even if the NHL has handed out suspensions and other punishments for (alleged) racial slurs in the past.
Earlier this afternoon, it looked like Krys Barch was primed for a meeting with the NHL at 3 p.m. ET. It turns out that won’t be the case; TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the meeting has been delayed – possibly until Wednesday.
My guess is that two factors delayed this process: 1) the sensitive nature of the situation, as Barch allegedly uttered a racial slur toward P.K. Subban and 2) Barch’s Florida Panthers don’t play until Thursday. Even so, Dreger probably said it best in the end of his Tweet: “Strange process on this one.”
The league has a history of suspending players for racially charged comments, but it has been quite some time since that last happened. Even so, these can certainly be thornier subjects than controversial hits. One potential issue is that there might not be a lot of concrete “evidence” that something specific was said. (It’s not as if this is as simple as determining whether a player delivers a head shot, after all.)
Either way, Colin Campbell and the NHL will have to deal with this soon, as uncomfortable and difficult as this situation seems to be.
Chris Moorhouse is going down in hockey history as the guy who’ll forever be known as the guy that made a disgusting, racist gesture towards Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds by tossing a banana at Simmonds during a shootout attempt.
Whether Moorhouse is either completely ignorant of racist gestures, living a sheltered life, or adding “boldfaced liar” to his résumé, his attorney says that Moorhouse had no idea that such a tactic was viewed as being racist.
The Globe And Mail has the details from Moorhouse’s attorney as to what his take is on the entire situation. Set your faces for “disbelief.”
Faisal Joseph says Chris Moorhouse was caught up in the drama of a tense game featuring his favourite hockey team and threw the fruit in hopes of preventing the winning goal.
Moorhouse has admitted to throwing a banana at Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds, but Joseph says his client was unaware of the racial overtones of his actions.
Joseph says Moorhouse is “mortified” and deeply remorseful for the incident and fears it has clouded the reputation of his family and home town.
Let’s go down the checklist here. Moorhouse was caught up in the excitement of a preseason game shootout, had no idea about how racist it is to commit such an act, and fears he’s ruined his reputation. Hey, one out of three things being right would make for a great batting average in baseball.
We understand that it’s just his attorney making a plea to have people cool off on his client and pleading ignorance (in this particular way at least) makes for a nice try. We’re not buying it though. Now if Moorhouse had said he was a huge fan of Super Mario Kart and left his red turtle shell at home and grabbed the banana instead, we’d find that to be entertaining at least. This plea, however, falls well short of being believable.
Moorhouse was busted for doing something incredibly insensitive and disgusting and is trying very hard to save face. Best of luck there.