During tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly appeared to use a homophobic slur toward the referee.
The ice level mic picked up the sound byte and it’s clear someone called the ref the slur. What makes it likely to be Rielly is that on the video, you can see Rielly on the bottom of the clip look at the ref while the slur was being said and was the closest player to that referee.
The mics picked up Morgan Rielly calling the referee a "f*****g f****t."
Not good. pic.twitter.com/7VW2LNjeo0
— The Leafs IMO (@TheLeafsIMO) March 12, 2019
Rielly has had issues with saying offensive things before. In 2015, Rielly “apologized” for making a misogynistic remark. I put “apologized” in quotation marks because it was one of those “I’m sorry if you were offended” apologies and also said “I know I can’t be using that with the media” as if it was to say it’s okay to say misogynistic things as long as it’s done privately and the media is the true assholes who made a bigger deal out of it than it should’ve been.
For those who are wanting or expecting a long suspension handed down by the NHL, don’t hold your breath. For instance, Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf did something similar toward a referee at the Western Conference final in 2017 and received a $10k fine.
UPDATE: The Maple Leafs put out a statement after the game saying they were aware of the slur being said and that they are “fully cooperating” with the NHL on the matter.
Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas made the following statement this evening following their game versus the Tampa Bay Lightning: pic.twitter.com/o6RaA7zTQS
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) March 12, 2019