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Sports Flames head coach Bill Peters apologizes for Akim Aliu incident

04:50  28 november  2019
04:50  28 november  2019 Source:   sportsnet.ca

2 players corroborate Aliu's expanded account of Peters using slur

  2 players corroborate Aliu's expanded account of Peters using slur Warning: Story contains offensive language Akim Aliu went into further detail about the racial slur he says Bill Peters directed toward him 10 years ago. On Monday, Aliu accused the Calgary Flames head coach of hurling the N-word at him multiple times due to the player's choice of music while with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs in 2009-10. The former NHLer elaborated to TSN's Frank Seravalli. "He walked in before a morning pregame skate and said, 'Hey Akim, I'm sick of you playing that n----- shit,'" Aliu said. "He said, 'I'm sick of hearing this n-----s f------ other n-----s in the ass stuff.'"He then walked out like nothing ever happened," Aliu continued.

Eric Francis joined Sid and Arash to discuss the ongoing investigation with Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters and Akim Aliu

What is Bill Peters accused of saying? Former NHLer Akim Aliu accused Peters of repeatedly Aliu said Peters never apologized for his comments and instead used a racial slur again when they had a He also said he never confronted the coach about the incident directly. "What am I going to say?

a man wearing a suit and tie: Bill Peters Flames© Karl B DeBlaker/AP Bill Peters Flames

BUFFALO – Bill Peters made his first public comments on the Akim Aliu racism allegations Wednesday night, expressing his regrets and taking responsibility for what he said.

The Calgary Flames head coach, left the team Wednesday morning while the club and league investigate the allegations, contacted Sportsnet.ca once he landed in Calgary with a statement he issued as part of a letter to GM Brad Treliving.

“Please accept this as a sincere apology to you, and the entire Calgary Flames organization, for offensive language I used in a professional setting a decade ago,” he wrote.

Peters will not coach Flames against Sabres

  Peters will not coach Flames against Sabres BUFFALO, N.Y. — The latest on allegations that current Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters made racist comments a decade ago (all times local): 8:40 p.m. Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving says coach Bill Peters will not coach the team Wednesday night against the Buffalo Sabres. Associate coach Geoff Ward, who oversaw practice on Tuesday, will handle the coaching duties. Treliving had no other updates as the investigation continues into the allegation Peters directed racial slurs toward Akim Aliu when he and the Nigerian-born player were in the minors a decade ago.___1:15 p.m.

When Peters then called Aliu into his office to talk about it, Aliu said Peters did not apologize . Instead, Peters again expressed his displeasure in Aliu ’s choice The team released a statement on Tuesday morning. “The alleged actions by a former coach toward Akim Aliu while with the Rockford IceHogs

What is Bill Peters accused of saying? Former NHLer Akim Aliu accused Peters of repeatedly Aliu said Peters never apologized for his comments and instead used a racial slur again when they had a He also said he never confronted the coach about the incident directly. "What am I going to say?

“I know that my comments have been the source of both anger and disappointment, and I understand why. Although it was an isolated and immediately regrettable incident, I take responsibility for what I said.

The statement was made in a moment of frustration and does not reflect my personal values. After the incident, I was rightfully challenged about my use of language, and I immediately returned to the dressing room to apologize to the team. I have regretted the incident since it happened, and I now also apologize to anyone negatively affected by my words.

I am aware that there is no excuse for language that is offensive. I meant no disrespect in what I said, and it was not directed at anyone in particular. But, that doesn’t matter; it was hurtful and demeaning. I am truly sorry.

I accept the reality of my actions. I do believe that we must strive to act with integrity, and to take accountability for what we say and do. This letter is intended to do exactly that; I hope it is accepted as intended.

I appreciate the thorough review of this situation being undertaken by the Flames. It’s the right thing to do, and I support it fully.”

He signed the letter at the bottom.

Peters is still officially Calgary’s head coach, but was removed from the team after Aliu’s tweets surfaced during the Flames’ game on Monday.

Akim Aliu reveals Colorado Eagles staffer dressed in blackface, his jersey in 2011 .
The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday published Aliu's account of a racist incident at a team Halloween party.Akim Aliu, who wrote on Twitter in November about racist comments by then-Rockford Ice Hogs coach Bill Peters that eventually led to Peters' resignation in late November as coach of the Calgary Flames, told the Journal of an episode that occurred when he was a member of the ECHL's Colorado Eagles. Aliu, who was born in Nigeria, was invited to the team's Halloween party, where head equipment manager Tony Deynzer was wearing an Afro-style wig, blackface and a custom jersey sporting Aliu's number and nickname, "Dreamer.

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