New York Rangers prospect K’Andre Miller addressed the racist treatment he received while being introduced to the team’s fans in April, saying it was another example of his challenge to be accepted as a black hockey player.
Miller, 20, took part in a video Q&A on Zoom in April to serve as an introduction to Rangers fans. With about 150 fans streaming the chat, the comments section for questions was overrun with the N-word being published over and over again, under different usernames, before the comments were turned off.
Videos of the incident circulated on social media, and the Rangers and the NHL put out statements condemning the act.
Miller said he waited to discuss what had happened because of the coronavirus pandemic, writing, “it seemed like there were so many other priorities in the world, that it wasn’t my place to speak out.”
Miller also discussed the death of George Floyd and the ensuing nationwide protests, expressing concern for citizens of color and showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
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