Wayne Simmonds Reacts to Racist Tweets About Joel Ward

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Wayne Simmonds was asked about racist Tweets fired out into the ether about Joel Ward, the Capitals forward who scored the Game 7 winner against the Bruins last night. Simmonds has worked out with Ward each of the last two summers.


“It’s the Internet. They can say whatever they want, and they don’t have to show their faces,” said Simmonds, who, like Ward, is one of 28 black players in the NHL. “It’s disgusting. Things like that have happened to me before. It’s not something you want to happen, but it’s sad in this day and age that it continues to happen.” 

“It is what it is. People can be as gutless as they want,” he said. “They don’t have to show up. They just throw a comment out on the Internet and it’s getting kind of ridiculous. Social media is not meant for that. It’s for ‘Say, hey, nice score. Congratulations.’  You’re not supposed to throw things out like that.” 


Gutless, seems to be the Flyers word du jour (mmm that sounds good and you’ll have that), but it works here. Though we're probably required to mention that Simmonds allegedly called Sean Avery a faggot during the preseason… which was a week after Simmonds had a banana thrown at him in Canada. Bigotry FTW!

As we pointed out earlier, there were similar Tweets about Simmonds during the Penguins series, but they weren't nearly to the level of what we saw from Boston fans last night. Of course, Simmonds didn’t score any overtime winners, so it’s entirely possible that we would have seen the same thing happen had he been the one to finish off the Penguins in historic and damning fashion, like his teammate Claude Giroux did.

It’s also worth noting that while last night’s Tweets mostly came from Bruins fans, this probably – unfortunately – would have happened in just about any city. 


13 Responses

  1. I applaud simmers for this. He is the man and we swing our schlongs back and forth in the locker room. YOLO

  2. I know what you are trying to get at here, but there were plenty of tweets directed towards Simmer that were just as awful as the ones directed towards Ward. The N word was used by more than one or two people and mentions of other racists actions were also added. It’s sickening and disgusting and I give credit to Simmer for saying something, and in some respect, the Boston Organization did make a statement about it which I find very honorable. They cannot control what their fans say, but they can make it clear this is not who the organization is. I am still waiting to hear someone from the Pens organization make a statement but I feel I have a better chance of seeing CBJ winning a cup first.

  3. Haha always bringing up the pens at every chance, jesus christ, pull pittsburghs dick out of your mouths already…pathetic…

  4. I’m sure Wayne Simmonds likes acting as the ambassador for all black people. Why do reporters dignify these stupid stories with insulting questions?

  5. Simmonds is the black Rick Tocchet… 1 of the best trades Paul h has made as gm, acquiring that mother fucker

  6. I’ve said this before but you gotta love Wayne Simmonds. Seems like dude always has a black eye. Absolutely no pun intended….. Well maybe a little bit of pun but no doubt he is built to play in Philly.

  7. I personally find these comments to be both egregious and appalling. I do not understand what is wrong with the youth of America. Someone needs to censor these comments that are posted without recourse on the internet. The poor guy just had the greatest night of his life and it was totally ruined by a city of insensitive youth. I am shocked that the City of Boston feels this way about the black community. I did not see this coming. Disgusting.

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