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Hockey Player Suspended For Using Antigay Slur on Twitter 

Hockey Player Suspended For Using Antigay Slur on Twitter 


Houston Aeros forward Justin Fontaine has been suspended by his team's NHL affiliate, the Minnesota Wild, after using an antigay on Twitter Sunday night during the Grammys.

In response to a tweet from roommate David MacIntyre about the Foo Fighters' performance on the show, Fontaine tweeted, "I disagree, the Foo Faggots were awful. #TerribleShow #BadTaste."

While Fontaine soon realized his mistake and deleted the message -- saying, "My apologies to everyone, it was wrong. Twitter rookie and it came out totally wrong. It was a roommate battle, nothing more. #sorry." -- he was too late. Several Wild fans had reportedly seen and reacted to the message and worse yet, Houston Aeros captain John DiSalvatore had retweeted it.

In a statement Monday night, the Wild said, "Minnesota Sports and Entertainment (MSE) apologizes for the offensive slur that was posted by Justin Fontaine on Twitter last night. Fontaine has been suspended from playing in the next two games for the Houston Aeros."

There is no word on whether disciplinary action will be taken against DiSalvatore for retweeting the slur.

The Minneapolis StarTribune
reports that the NHL's social media policy states that "players and club personnel will be held responsible for their social communications in the same manner in which they are held responsible for other forms of public communications."

Fontaine apologized again Monday night, telling a fan via Twitter that he felt "awful" about the incident, adding that "it's a word I'll never use again."

Read more here.

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