Sault Ste. Marie Greyounds, OHL say that racial slurs levied at Givani Smith didn’t come from Rangers’ opponent

According to the Sault Star’s Peter Ruicci, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and the Ontario Hockey League have stated that none of the racial slurs that Givani Smith had to deal with this past week originated with the Kitchener Rangers’ opposition:

“I can say with 100 per cent certainty, at no time did anyone from our organization, our staff or our players utter a racial slur at Givani Smith,” Hounds head coach Drew Bannister said on Sunday.

Further, the Hounds coach spoke of how there was never a time during the series when allegations of such an occurrence  were brought to his attention by the OHL or the Rangers organization.

“The first I heard about it was Saturday when the article by Josh Brown was published,” Bannister added. “If the league would have heard about such an incident, they would have dealt with it immediately.”

Smith could not be reached for comment on Sunday.

Ruicci continues with quotes from OHL commissioner David Branch, and I can only shrug my shoulders and say that fans can be terrible…

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