-- LONDON, Ont. -- Police have charged a 26-year-old man over an apparent racial incident in which a banana was thrown on the ice while a black player was taking part in a shootout during an NHL pre-season game.Okay... accepting the premise that this particular stone dumbass brought this specific piece of fruit to the arena on the off chance that he'd get to taunt this one individual... how exactly, is it... that Mr Simmonds isn't being held to the same standard of conduct?
The banana was thrown from the stands as Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds — who is black — was skating towards Detroit goalie Jordan Pearce in the shootout before 7,427 at the 9,090-seat John Labatt Centre.
On Monday, Simmonds landed in hot water for an alleged homophobic slur to New York Rangers' agitator Sean Avery during an exhibition game in Philadelphia.Sorry folks... stop me if you've heard it before... "One people, one law."
The NHL held a hearing with Simmonds on Tuesday but chose not to discipline him because it felt there wasn't sufficient evidence to do so.
It's the only way this democracy thing is truly gonna work.