Edmonton’s Laraque drops racial allegation

December 25, 2019

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We looked into it and we took it seriously,” Taylor said. “We talked to Sean and he told us he didn’t make any comments, and the league looked into it as well.” Laraque, one of the few black players in the NHL, is a native of Quebec. Avery had already drawn the ire of many French-Canadian players for his comments about Phoenix’s Denis Gauthier last month. After Gauthier delivered a questionable, concussion-causing check to the Kings’ Jeremy Roenick in a preseason game, Avery said the hit was “typical of most French guys in our league with a visor on, running around and playing tough and not back(ing) anything up.” Avery, well known as the Kings’ top agitator, both physically and verbally, quickly apologized for the remarks. But among his critics was Edmonton’s Marc-Andre Bergeron, who told the Edmonton Sun, “I wonder if he’ll say that to Georges Laraque the next time he sees him.” Avery drew a written rebuke from the league for his comments. Campbell informed the teams that the league couldn’t collaborate either player’s story and therefore wouldn’t take action, and Laraque apparently has elected not to pursue the matter by filing a complaint. Avery and Campbell could not be reached for comment, but Kings general manager Dave Taylor said he spoke with Avery and Campbell and that the Kings consider the issue finished. The NHL investigated a claim that Kings forward Sean Avery directed a slur toward Edmonton’s Georges Laraque during Tuesday’s game, but decided not to take action because of a lack of evidence. Laraque, who is black and a French-Canadian, made the allegation to Edmonton team officials, who then contacted the league office Wednesday. NHL vice president Colin Campbell talked to both teams and determined that no player on either side, or any official, heard a slur. Avery also denied the allegation. center_img – The NHL players’ association is conducting an informal poll of all 30 teams to gauge support for a rule making visors mandatory for all players. The Kings took their vote Tuesday and unanimously were in opposition to mandatory visors, players said Wednesday. “I think it should be an option, but not mandatory,” said Pavol Demitra, who started wearing a visor after a potentially career-ending eye injury in 2000. “A lot of guys hate them. I used to hate them. I almost lost my eye so I started wearing one, but I would still feel more comfortable without it.” Team owners would like to see visors made mandatory, but collective-bargaining rules prohibit them from unilaterally making it a rule. Among the Kings’ 21 active skaters and one injured skater, eight are wearing visors this season. “If I was a GM and I was paying a guy a lot of money, I’d definitely want to make it mandatory,” said Craig Conroy, who does not wear one. “But as a player, I don’t think anyone should be forced to wear one.” – Coach Andy Murray said Valeri Bure, who has yet to play this season because of a back injury, could return to practice within a few days and is “probably a week away” from playing, barring any setbacks. … The Kings plan to honor Adam Deadmarsh, who announced his retirement last month, in a tribute as part of a March 20 game against Colorado, another of Deadmarsh’s former teams. Deadmarsh will attend the tribute. — Rich Hammond can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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