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NHL 'looking into' possible gay slur by Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw

  • Chicago Blackhawks right wing Andrew Shaw, right, is hit by St. Louis Blues right wing Troy Brouwer during the second period in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round Stanley Cup playoff series Tuesday.

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Andrew Shaw, right, is hit by St. Louis Blues right wing Troy Brouwer during the second period in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round Stanley Cup playoff series Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

  • Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) gets knocked down by St. Louis Blues right wing Troy Brouwer (36).

    Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) gets knocked down by St. Louis Blues right wing Troy Brouwer (36).  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The NHL's deputy commissioner says the league is looking into the possibility Chicago Blackhawks star Andrew Shaw yelled a homophobic slur from the penalty box during Tuesday's Game 4 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

The inquiry was prompted by a video that appeared to show Shaw yell a gay slur 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.

"Yes we are looking into it, and no we can't comment on it until that process is complete" the NHL's Bill Daly told the Chicago Tribune in an email on Wednesday.

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As for Shaw, he was noncommittal after the game, telling reporters: "Emotions are high. I don't know what I said."

Here's a perspective from someone who covers the team (and happens to be gay):