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NHL Player Ryan Getzlaf Fined $10,000 For Calling Referee Anti-Gay Slur

NHL Player Ryan Getzlaf Fined $10,000 For Calling Referee Anti-Gay Slur

Anaheim Ducks hockey star Ryan Getzlaf picked up a $10,000 fine for calling a referee a “cocksucker” multiple  times in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final  against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

“Getzlaf’s comment in Thursday’s game, particularly as directed to another individual on the ice, was inappropriately demeaning and disrespectful and crossed the line into behavior that we deem unacceptable,” NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell said in a release on the league’s official site.

The fine is the maximum punishment allowed under the latest collective bargaining agreement.

During last year’s playoffs, Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw was suspended one game, received a $5,000 fine and had to undergo sensitivity training for his anti-gay slur.

Getzlaf, on the other hand, is expected to play Game 5 on Saturday at the Honda Center with the Predators and Ducks tied 2-2 in the series.

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