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P.K. Subban on racist tweets: ‘Completely unfair’ to point finger at Bruins or their fans

05.03.14 at 4:54 pm ET
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Moments after his team blew a 3-1 third period lead to the Bruins in Game 2 of their series, P.K. Subban stood in the Canadiens dressing room and addressed the racist tweets directed at him after his game-winning goal in double-overtime Thursday night in Game 1.

What he made extremely clear is that he, in no way, holds the Bruins or their fan base accountable for the hate comments in social media. As a matter of fact, he took the occasion to compliment Bruins fans for their passion.

“You know what, this is the first time and probably the last time I’€™ll comment on it,” Subban said. “First things first, the Boston Bruins are an Original Six franchise, they have been around for a very long time, they are respected. It’€™s completely unfair for anybody to point the finger at the organization or the fan base. They have passionate fans here, great fan base and since I’€™ve been in the league it’€™s been awesome. I’€™ve come to Boston many times, my family has come here, and it’€™s been great. What people may say on Twitter or social media is not a reflection by any means of the league or the Boston Bruins. So, whoever that is, they’€™ll get dealt with, but it’€™s completely separate from this league or the Boston Bruins organization.”

Subban said he felt badly that the comments have taken some focus away from two classic games to open what figures to be an other epic playoff meeting between the two longtime rivals.

“I know some of those players personally on that team, like I said, the fan base has been awesome, they are a great bunch of fans,” Subban said. “It’€™s unfortunate when things take away from the great hockey that was played two days ago. It was a fantastic game, great for the league, great for hockey and that’€™s what we are going to talk about. So I’€™m happy now that we can just move on. You know what the funny thing is, is that we get stronger as a league, you see how people come together and it’€™s great. And it’€™s not just about me, the NHL has tons of players from different backgrounds, from different places around the world and that’€™s what makes this league so special and that’€™s what makes sports so special, it brings everybody together. Another great hockey game today, I’€™m sure everybody enjoyed it and I look forward to the rest of the series and everybody else should, too.”

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