Last night during the New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers Hockey game during the first period, Philadelphia’s Tom Sestito rammed the Rangers’ Andre Deveaux into the boards from behind. In the aftermath of the hit, Simmonds and Avery wrestled and exchanged words, an exchange that continued after they separated and Simmonds was caught on video mouthing the words “fucking faggot” at Sean Avery
Avery, one of the few professional athletes to take a stand supporting LGBT Equality and Gay Marriage confirmed that Simmonds did indeed call him a homphobic slur But in the Flyers locker room later Siddons conveniently couldn’t remember what was said and took a very cavalier attitude about the whole episode.
Honestly, we were going back and forth for a while there, and I don’t recall every single thing that I did say to him. He said some things that I didn’t like, and I said some things that he didn’t like. But I can’t recall every single word I said…….
You know what? It’s something that happens every game. Guys say stuff, and you know what? It’s just the heat of the battle, of the game. It’s not necessarily things are said to hurt people. Sometimes it happens
I wonder if Siddons would feel differently and think it were a big deal if Avery called him a “Fucking N-word”?