NHL Levies No Punishment For Player’s Homophobic Epithet

The NHL has decided not to punish Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds for calling New York Rangers winger Sean Avery, who has a long history of activism on behalf of LGBT causes, a “f*cking faggot” on the ice Monday night. Despite fairly clear video evidence to the contrary, the league claimed it had “been unable to substantiate with the necessary degree of certainty what was said and by whom.” Earlier this year, the NBA fined Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant $100,000 for using the exact same language against a referee.