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:
During tonight's @TBLightning - @MapleLeafs game, microphones picked up a player using a homophobic slur seemingly directed towards a referee. Not entirely sure who the player was, but it seems like Morgan Rielly was that player based on reports.— Hockey Daily (@HockeyDaily365) March 12, 2019
NSFW (around 6 seconds). pic.twitter.com/O0eI5KV5uQ
Disgraceful and petulant.
The evidence speaks for itself and it's clear as day;
Rielly appeared to call the referee a "f---ing f-----" as he skated down the ice in the second period https://t.co/QMJAHTpdGI— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 12, 2019
The league released a statement following the game:
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.