In a video posted by the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday, hockey legend Pete Frolik took a stand against the use of the word “nigger” by #Peyewebs hockey players.
“If you want to use a derogatory word for a person or an entire group of people, that’s fine,” Froliks comments on a clip of Flyers’ forward Ryan McDonagh saying, “He got kicked out of the game for saying that.”
The Flyers’ coach also responded to McDonah’s comments.
“I think he should have used his own words instead of what the other guys were saying,” Foliks said of McDonahs comments.
“I think that he’s just trying to say something he knows, and he knows the other guy is saying something that’s offensive, and then they’re going to say it back.”
McDonagh’s comments have sparked outrage and criticism in recent weeks, as he has been vocal in his criticism of racial and gender discrimination in the sport.
Frolik also addressed the issue in a statement to the media on Friday.
“It’s not a game.
I can’t take responsibility for it,” Follis told reporters.
“But I can tell you that I was not in the stands and I was never in the locker room, and I will never be in the room again if that’s what I was saying.”