San Jose Sharks left wing, Evander Kane, was told to “stick to basketball” in one of his latest Instagram posts.
Kane posted a picture of himself on the ice with the caption “where it’s all gonna start this season.” He seemed to be excited about the upcoming season following the caption with “#35days.”
In the comments section, he found the below comment which has since been deleted.
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This is what I’m talking about, happens all the time just never publicly talked about and just ignored. This exact thing was shouted at me in the penalty box in Denver during game 4. It’s racially motivated, IT IS a problem in society and in SPORTS. There is focus on racism in football, basketball and baseball. But in the Hockey world it’s easier to ignore, dismiss and forget because let’s face the facts hockey is a white sport. But there are black players in the league and other minorities in our sport. Time to notice it, and give it the attention it deserves. The old way of thinking is done!
Kane used the opportunity to talk about what he deals with on a daily basis. Kane explains “This exact thing was shouted at me in the penalty box in Denver during game 4. It’s racially motivated, IT IS a problem in society and in SPORTS.”
This isn’t the first time Kane has spoken out about racism in hockey. “I think a good portion of it is because I’m black and I’m not afraid to say that,” he told the Hockey News in 2013.
He also told the San Jose Mercury News about advice his father gave him when he experienced racism in youth hockey leagues. “At the end of the day that will just make you mentally tougher.”
We love you Evander and can’t wait to see you on the ice October 2nd!