How many times has Wayne Simmonds made headline news in his entire career? I'm going to throw out a wild guess on this one and say zero. How many times has he made headline news in a week? Twice.
First the man got a banana thrown at him and took the high road. He played the Mandela/King card and turned the other cheek and moved on.
So now my man Simmonds is being accused of using a homophobic slur during a game to Mr. Sean Avery. Not only is he being accused, the man is being burned at the stake even before anyone can prove or knows what was actually said.
Say he called the man "gay" or reading lips he said "day" or "may" or "poopoo head" or "fag" or "donkeykong" or said that his ex-girlfriend is a ho (Avery's ex-girlfriend, Elisha Cuthbert, did play a ho in a movie), that's not the point of what's going on here.
It's the timing.
Why is Simmonds, the victim last week, now the evil villain this week? Why is the Black man, the victim of a blatant racist act by a fan (which by the way is much worse than what gets said in the moment between two guys trying to kill each other on the ice because it's premeditated), now pulled in by the media as the heartless asshole that deserved to be called names?
Why? Because they want to show that he - a Black man - is just as intolerant as the rest of the nigger- and faggot-hating society at large.
Why feel sorry for a man that apparently called another man something that no one can prove or has even admitted, when you can sweep the ugly stain of racism under the rug faster than you can peel and eat a banana? And what's the fastest way to do that? Bait a known NHL asshole - Avery (who was accused of assaulting a police officer) - to say that the Black Stain (BS stands for bullshit, btw) on the NHL called him gay.
This one is for you TSN and the NHL and media at large: pull the banana out your ass and see your own hangups and prejudices for what they are.
I wonder how many times people called Simmonds a nigger and its many derivatives on the ice. Do a story on that.