I dont like this from the sense that this was in game between two opposing players trying to rattle, get under the skin, of the other. This kind of stuff happens in sports ALL THE TIME! and will continue to happen. If we were aware of the type of things athletes said to each other in games all the time our collective heads would explode .
If indeed Simmonds did say something it most likely was not personal and was said in the heat of the moment. Compare this to the incident that Wayne Simmonds was involved in at the game in London, Ontario where a fan not a player, who has any sense of what is going on the ice, did a pre-meditated act where everyone was going to witness and react to, which they did in spades.
One is different than the other. If you have ever been in a fight or a heated argument you most likely said or did something you probably didnt mean. This was the case with Simmonds. The fan who threw the banana knew exactly what he was doing to the extent it almost seemed planned by him and the spectators sitting around him.
Im gonna go out on a limb and say most of you didnt watch the game or know anything about Sean Avery and the fact he is one of the most hated players in the game. A player btw who is on the verge of getting cut from the Rangers because he's dropping down their depth chart faster than a mobster in brick shoes. So what does he do? A national televised game, he goes after the one player who has been in the news the past week and a half.
This also bothers me that this gets posted here as if most of you guys (that i thought were athletes) dont realize when your playing hard against another opponent with more than just pride on the line, you will do and say anything to get an edge over him.
And now what? are players going to tattletale on each other to the press for making comments and insults after every game? To what extent? The league cant censor what gets said between players. The only reason Sean Avery did this is to draw attention to himself. Which he did, and he managed to co-opt the gay rights movement in his favor. Looks like it worked too since the OP wants the league to punish Simmonds. I thought you "jocks" would be a little smarter than that. And i hate to even ask this but if Simmonds was white would you respond the same way?
Dont start getting all butthurt because one time a guy decided to rat out another player. You can pretend that all athletes male and female play all games fairly and gentlemen like. Cause obviously thats what happens