Despite obvious video footage depicting Philadelphia Flyer Wayne Simmonds shouting a gay slur during a preseason game against the New York Rangers on Monday night, the National Hockey League isn't taking any action!
According to a statement released on Tuesday, the NHL is "unable at this time to take any disciplinary action" because they can't substantiate "what was said and to whom."
Hmm..if they take a look at the video we posted yesterday, it's pret-ty clear what was said!
The NHL's refusal to take action obviously isn't making the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation very happy. GLAAD president Mike Thompson released a statement saying:
"It is abundantly clear from video footage that an instance of anti-gay bias occurred. League officials should revisit this matter and take action immediately. The NHL is severely out of touch at a time when leagues including the MLB and the NBA are taking stands against anti-gay bullying and steps to ensure their sports are welcoming to all players, coaches and fans."
In response to hockey's excuses condoning the behavior, the LGBT media advocacy and anti-defamation organization has launched an online action for community members and allies to contact the NHL! Click here for all the info and to let your voice be heard!
Check out the full statement from the National Hockey League on the matter below!