Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was fined all of $10,000 for calling a referee a "cocksucker" numerous times during this month's Stanley Cup finals, reports Outsports.
It might sounds like a stiff fine for average people, but most NHL players are millionaires; Getzlaf signed an 8-year, $66 million contract and raked in $9.25 million for the last season.
Getzlaf's punishment is much more lenient than the NHL's punishment for Andrew Shaw of the Chicago Blackhawks, who was suspended from one playoff game last year and fined $5,000 after he loudly called the referee a "faggot" for penalizing him.
Outsports's Cyd Zeigler called the NHL "cowards" for tapping Getzlaf on the wrist, as well as delineating between "cocksucker" and "faggot."
"Just as Shaw's suspension last year had major repercussions, sending a clear message to players that gay slurs will not be tolerated, the NHL today is saying that gay slurs are open and available, as long as you don't use "'the F word,'" Zeigler wrote.