This was the video chat with K’Andre Miller… pic.twitter.com/5A166yGiwb
— DNASportsTalk (@DNASportsTalk) April 4, 2020
“We held an online video chat with fans and New York Rangers prospect, K’Andre Miller, during which a vile individual hijacked the chat to post racial slurs, which we disabled as soon as possible,” the Rangers said. “We were incredibly appalled by this behavior, which has no place online, on the ice, or anywhere, and we are investigating the matter.”
Miller was selected 22nd overall in the 2018 NHL draft by the Rangers, and the University of Wisconsin defenseman was signed to his first pro contract in March. This chat was to serve as an introduction to Rangers fans.
The NHL said in its statement: “The National Hockey League is appalled that a video call arranged today by the New York Rangers to introduce their fans to one of the League’s incoming stars, K’Andre Miller, was hacked with racist, cowardly taunts. The person who committed this despicable act is in no way an NHL fan and is not welcome in the hockey community.
“No one deserves to be subjected to such ugly treatment and it will not be tolerated in our League. We join with the Rangers in condemning this disgusting behavior.”
Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba reacted to the hacking on Twitter.
What happened today was inexcusable and cowardly. Racism has no place in the hockey community or the world. @kandre_miller we are excited to have you as a part of the @NYRangers and I look forward to having you as a teammate.
— Jacob Trouba (@JacobTrouba) April 4, 2020
Might be time to rethink how we interact with athletes.
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