If you haven’t heard,

LONDON, Ontario – Often as the only black player on his team, growing up in Scarborough, Ontario, Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds dealt with his fair share of racial slurs on the ice as he climbed the hockey ladder.

Few experiences could have prepared him for what happened on Thursday night, as a fan in the John Labatt Centre threw a banana peel at Simmonds as he skated in on a shootout attempt during a 4-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

“I caught it from the side of my eye,” Simmonds said. “It was a banana. Hopefully, that wasn’t directed towards me being black.

“Because if it was, that’s just somebody being ignorant.”

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This incident reminded me of one from last season.

We played the Maple Leafs at Staples Center on January 10 (not a good time of the season). Some idiot (in a blue Maple Leaf blue colored sweatshirt) and his buddy kept calling Simmonds “Kobe”. They spoke in an awful Canadian accent that, to my ears, sounded tortured. Shortly thereafter, a couple of subtle racial slurs spat from their mouth. Before I could say a word and literally within seconds, a Kings’ fan two rows in front turned and told the guys if they didn’t shut their mouth, he was going to stick his fist through their teeth. This was not a small guy, unlike the tender built racists. Suffice it to say, they shut up and fast. At the end of the game, I asked the kids, “you two don’t strike me as Canadian. Where are you really from?” Their answer (with the fake accent gone), “we’re Ducks’ fans. We are just here to razz the Kings.” My response, “You’re morons and you’re here to put it on full display.”

Racism is ignorance.