Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds was the target of some racist jackass on Thursday night when a banana was thrown at him during a shootout. Simmonds didn’t make huge deal of it and simply wants to put the incident behind him. From Simmonds via ESPN.com:
“It was unfortunate that this incident happened but I am above this sort of stuff,” he said. “This is something that is obviously out of my control. Moving forward, this incident is something that I will no longer comment on so I can just focus playing hockey for the Philadelphia Flyers.”
Simmonds has received support from athletes across the nation who unfortunately sometimes hear racial remarks hurled their way. Dolphins running back tweeted the following Saturday morning:
“Much respect to Wayne Simmonds for taking the high road and not responding to the racist act of an ignorant fan!”
You have to hope this is the only time Simmonds is targeted like this for the remainder of his career. And, anyone who knows the jackass who hurled the banana needs to call the dude out.