NHL's Devante Smith-Pelly on Racist Heckling: 'Something Needs to Change'

NHL’s Devante Smith-Pelly

Calls for Change After Racist Taunts

2/20/2018 1:10 PM PST


Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly is glad the fans who heckled him for being a black hockey player were dealt with … but he says it ain’t enough.

“I don’t really have all the answers, but something needs to change,” Devante told TMZ Sports.

DSP was in the penalty box during a game at the United Center on Saturday … when a group of nearby fans starting chanting “basketball” at him.

No surprise — he was triggered.

Those 4 fans were booted from the arena — and later hit with a lifetime ban — but Devante told us addressing this one incident doesn’t solve the larger problem. 

“It shouldn’t happen anywhere — hockey, baseball, basketball — it shouldn’t happen in the world.”

FYI, black athletes facing racism is nothing new. In 2011, a fan threw a banana at NHLer Wayne Simmonds in Canada … and just last year, MLB star Adam Jones was repeatedly called the n-word and had a bag of peanuts hurled at him in Boston.

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