Flames Fire Head Coach Bill Peters After Accusations of Racist Outburst

VANCOUVER, BC - OCTOBER 3: Head Coach Bill Peters in NHL action against the Vancouver Canucks on October, 3, 2018 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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The Calgary Flames have made a decision in the wake of their investigation into alleged past racist comments made by head coach Bill Peters towards his players

Four days after the allegations first came to light, the Flames have acted and fired Peters.

Peters was in the midst of his second season as the team's head coach when former NHL player Akim Aliu accused him of saying racial slurs multiple times in a minor league locker room 10 years ago.

Peters reportedly said the N-word multiple times in demanding Aliu turn off the hip hop music he was playing in the locker room. Not only did players corroborate Aliu's story after he made it public four days ago, but former Carolina Hurricanes player Michal Jordán also then alleged that Peters kicked him and punched another player in the head during a game.

Peters coached Aliu with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs, and coached Jordán with the Hurricanes from 2014-2016.

Aliu also said he avoided discussing the issue initially because he believes it may have cost him his job in the game. Aliu ended up playing seven NHL games with, coincidentally, the Calgary Flames in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.