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Sport Colorado Eagles apologize to Akim Aliu for a staffer wearing blackface and dressing as Aliu in 2011, put that staffer on leave

02:20  12 december  2019
02:20  12 december  2019 Source:   thecomeback.com

Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters issues statement, apology for racial slur: 'There is no excuse'

  Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters issues statement, apology for racial slur: 'There is no excuse' The Flames head coach has been under fire since Akim Aliu accused Peters on Monday of making racist comments to him during the 2009-10 season."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," the statement, which he also sent to TSN's Bob McKenzie and Sportnet's Eric Francis at the same time as Treliving, read. "I know that my comments have been the source of both anger and disappointment, and I understand why.

The Avalanche have put head AHL equipment manager Tony Deynzer on administrative leave after Akim Aliu said Deynzer dressed up as Aliu , wearing blackface , at a team Halloween party in 2011 . Avs put AHL staffer who wore blackface on leave .

Aliu said Deynzer dressed up as Aliu , wearing blackface , at a team Halloween party in 2011 . after former player Akim Aliu told the Wall Street Journal that Deynzer dressed up as Aliu , wearing As a family-oriented organization, we wholeheartedly seek your forgiveness and sincerely apologize .

Akim Aliu’s November comments about past n-word usage from Bill Peters were a big part (along with stories of physical abuse from other players who played for Peters) of Peters’ resignation as the head coach of the Calgary Flames, but they were only one part of a wider discussion that’s sprung up about coaches’ and staffers’ behaviors and about racism and physical abuse in hockey. Current Chicago Blackhawks’ assistant coach Marc Crawford is under investigation by the team over past claims of physical abuse, while NHL commissioner Gary Bettman issued a statement about unacceptable content, clubs’ duty to notify the league, and more. And the Dallas Stars suddenly fired head coach Jim Montgomery Tuesday for “a material act of unprofessionalism,” although they haven’t released much on just what that meant. With all this going on, Aliu again wound up in the center of the news cycle thanks to an article by Andrew Beaton of The Wall Street Journal about racism in hockey, which included Aliu relaying the story and photo of how Colorado Eagles equipment manager Tony Deynzer put on blackface and wore a wig and a jersey to dress up as Aliu for a team Christmas party in 2011:

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Blackface ! The mask which the actor wears is apt to become his face -- Plato. Blackface is more than just burnt cork applied as makeup. The stock characters of blackface minstrelsy have played a significant role in disseminating racist images, attitudes and perceptions worldwide.

It was a costume photo; Paula was dressed as Lucy, and Bobby was dressed as Ricky, from the 1. Julianne Hough, apologizing for using blackface in her ‘Crazy Eyes’ Halloween costume. 5. Arkansas City, KS Mayor Mel Kuhn, apologizing after wearing blackface and drag in a costume

CALGARY, CANADA - APRIL 7: Akim Aliu #29 of the Calgary Flames skates the Anaheim Ducks on April 7, 2012 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Flames won 5-2. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)© Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images CALGARY, CANADA - APRIL 7: Akim Aliu #29 of the Calgary Flames skates the Anaheim Ducks on April 7, 2012 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Flames won 5-2. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Eagles (a current AHL team based in Loveland, Colorado and affiliated with the Colorado Avalanche, but a Central Hockey League team from 2003-11 and an East Coast Hockey League team from 2011-2018, including during this incident) have since placed Deynzer on administrative leave (as reported by Ryan Clark of The Athletic) and put out an apology to Aliu:

We’ll see if anything further comes from this, but this is certainly another bad look for hockey. And it’s not ancient history, with this happening within the decade. Hopefully sports organizations can learn from these kinds of incidents and avoid repeating them.

[The Wall Street Journal]

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