The NHL has launched an investigation into the use of a homophobic slur during the ​Toronto Maple Leafs' 6-2 loss to the ​Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night. Television microphones appeared to catch Toronto forward Morgan Rielly using two consecutive and different f-based slurs, shall we say, as he and Tampa's Yanni Gourde skated into the Maple Leafs defensive zone. Listen intently at the six-second mark:

Disgraceful and petulant. 

The evidence speaks for itself and it's clear as day; look at Rielly (No. 44 in white) turn his head toward the referee when the slur was blurted.

There's just no way that Gourde, skating the the other side of the ice, would have been heard so clearly if he uttered the insult. 

The league released a statement following the game:

"The NHL is aware of reports that a homophobic slur was used during the Maple Leafs-Lightning game. The League is investigating the incident and will have no further comment until this investigation is completed."

Let's hope that Rielly isn't handed just a fine, but a lengthy suspension as well. There is no place for this kind of language in the world, let alone the world of sports.