Fan Throws Banana at Wayne Simmonds


A fan in attendance at Thursday night's Flyers-Red Wings game in London, Ontario hurled a banana at newcomer Wayne Simmonds during the shootout, according to Frank Seravalli.

After the game, Simmonds took the high road. The quotes via Sam Carchidi:

"I guess it's something I have to deal with — being a black player playing a predominantly white sport."



Oh yeah, he scored on the play.

Gary Bettman released a statement this morning:

"We have millions of great fans who show tremendous respect for our players and for the game. The obviously stupid and ignorant action by one individual is in no way representative of our fans or the people of London, Ontario."


Seravalli has more. There's a grainy vidoe of the shootout after the jump.

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  • saucy sailor September 22, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    thats fucked up

  • Frank September 22, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    This is supposed to only happen to black soccer players in Italy, Spain and Russia… Pretty disgusting. That person should be banned from seeing hockey games the rest of his life.

  • Matthew Carson September 22, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Its fucking bullshit. I guarantee that this blog post will be the extent on the coverage of this…but every time a Flyers fan boo’s, “oh Philly is classless”. God damn it people, grow the hell up.

  • Jason September 22, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    No Wayne, you shouldn’t have to “deal” with something like that in fucking 2011. This literally nauseates me.

  • Calabria September 22, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    This is really sad and intolerable. There’s no reason for something like this.

  • Pee Wee Herman September 22, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Stupid, pathetic, and unoriginal. I’m just glad he scored.

  • Matt September 22, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    what a joke, atleast it didnt happen in philly. i really hope he does well here, and im looking forward to seeing him play, he looks pretty good so far. not to mention he put a nice fuck you on top by still scoring

  • John September 22, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    But of course if it happened in Philly it’d be national news…Glad he scored, hope that person feels like an ass.

  • danooo September 22, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Wayne Simmonds – 1 regulation goal, 1 shootout goal, showing the utmost class.
    Racist Pussy – a banana.
    Wayne wins. Fuck racism.

  • joe September 23, 2011 at 12:49 am

    worst thign about this is the flyers were listed as a home team so im seeing on twitter people believing that it was done in philadelphia

  • Sean O'Mara September 23, 2011 at 12:51 am

    You’re telling me that Carter’s hometown performed a racist act on the new 17? No way. Carter is so classy he must have come from the classiest of the classy cities in Canada.

  • The Mayor of London September 23, 2011 at 3:42 am

    Hey Sean O’Mara, u ignorant fucking retard. Are u associating urself with the 3 guys who beat a kid to death outside of McFaddens or the ones that threw batteries @ opposing athletes? Crawl out of ur Mom’s basement and when ur high enough, jump.
    Dan R.

  • ThePhillyFlash September 23, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Pathetic. Absolutely pathetic. Just when I thought the human race had grown up and gone beyond such crass and infantile acts, something like this happens to remind me that we still have a long way to go. I hope the asshole who committed that shameful act felt good about what he had done, thus reinforcing his place in life as a knuckledragging barbarian.

  • pick6 September 23, 2011 at 7:23 am

    not place for actions like that in todays world. Much Class display by Wayne on taking the high rode. Philly is going to love this kid on and off the ice.

  • Iron Balls McGinty September 23, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Brendan Shanahan should ban all Canadian fans from attending or watching any hockey again forever. Goddamn racsist Chuk/Frog pussies! The only reason why they ain’t part of the US today is because we learned way back during the Battle of Quebec that it wasn’t worth it.

  • Beez Nutz September 23, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I’ll be the one to say

  • M KELLS September 23, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I can see it now. At the Flyers next home game the fans support Simmons by giving him a standing ovation or by chanting his name and the national media will either ignore it or show it and comment, “Wow, some class shown by Philly’s fans. Totally out of character. They threw snowballs at Santa and cheered Michael Irvin’s injury….when he almost died. At least they have those delicious Philadelphia cheesed steaks”. They are about as dumb as the banana thrower.

  • Iron Balls McGinty September 23, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Hey Laddie, do you think they would have done this to Richie?
    Speaking of which, WTF, did they relocate Dry Island to the CBP Clubhouse?! Fuck me balls, you’d think the Phillies would make an effort to win the last home game of the regular season for all those dedicated fans. This is very remanissant of last year when the offense gave up into the post-season.

  • Calabria September 23, 2011 at 9:09 am

    The worst thing about this being listed as a Philadelphia home game is that London, Ontario is really 2.5 hours from Detroit. Not saying that a Red Wings fan definitely threw it, but if it’s really a home game for either team, it’s probably more like one for the Red Wings.

  • Alex September 23, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I’m sorry but why a banana? I don’t get how that’s racist? Wouldn’t a watermelon be something racist to throw?

  • henry September 23, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Dude I like what M Kells had to say I think he is right. Philly will rise up and support Simmonds as we should. The Mainstream Sports Media (jay mohr?) haha, has sold Philly as a barbaric uncivilized pile of dog shit when in fact we know when we need to support our players and rally around them in the name of doing whats right. The pile of dog shit is actually just jay mohr’s face.

  • henry September 23, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Alex: what jungle animal typically enjoys bananas?

  • Jason September 23, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Alex, a derogatory term for a black person is a monkey. Bananas are usually associated with monkeys, so…you can probably figure out where the lame attempt at humor came in.

  • Joe September 23, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Maybe he likes bananas?

  • Alex September 23, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Oh sorry, never heard that before, that’s fucking stupid

  • derkaderk September 23, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Totally classless act.
    But… my first thought was Mario Kart. Spinout!

  • MM September 23, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Love thie dude hes the “Chocolate Tocchet”! That being said Canada’s borders are being overrun by Nigerians who are pooring over it to get the free health care. Meanwhile, they are experiencing record unemployment in Toronto and Ontario in general and they take half your pay in taxes to support the health care. You pay sin tax on Alchohol and Tobacco. There’s alot of Ill will towards the brothers north of our border right now and it aint gonna get better anytime soon.

  • Defenestrate Wheels September 23, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I would have thrown a moose head as i assume they would be more readily available in Canada…
    What is Wayne’s stature? I wanna get a Lil Wayne sweater.

  • Ryan September 23, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Never in my life have I laughed so hard

    • The Man July 6, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      Racist tend to laugh at things like this.


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