Chicago Blackhawks star Andrew Shaw was under fire Tuesday night after a late-game meltdown in a Game 4 loss to the St. Louis Blues.
Video showed Shaw appear to yell a gay slur from the penalty box, after he was whistled for a costly interference penalty in the final minutes of the 4-3 loss, which pushed the Blackhawks to the brink of elimination.
Shaw, who had a goal and two assists, was evasive afterward, saying "Emotions are high. I don't know what I said."
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As some of you may know, I'm a gay sportswriter -- who covers the #Blackhawks. I like Andrew Shaw and have a good relationship with him ...— Chris Hine (@ChristopherHine) April 20, 2016
But what he said tonight was inexcusable and is one of the reasons why gay athletes everywhere stay closeted and often live lives of torment— Chris Hine (@ChristopherHine) April 20, 2016
The You Can Play Project, a prominent gay rights group affiliated with the NHL, says it plans to reach out to the league "to assist in an appropriate response."
I take it back, Shaw's completely getting suspended for this. https://t.co/6VcXRtHAKR— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) April 20, 2016
The Associated Press contributed to this report.