These allegations are serious and quite honestly beyond disturbing from former NHL player Akim Aliu.
In an exclusive interview with TSN reporter Frank Seravalli, Aliu has accused current Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters of using racial slurs in front of him in a minor league locker room, the repercussions of which essentially killed Aliu's career from the ground up.
A 20-year-old for the AHL's Rockford Ice Hogs at the time, Aliu is alleging Peters wasn't pleased with the musical selection he had made, and used the n-word multiple times to try and get him to shut it off.
“He then walked out like nothing ever happened," Aliu told TSN. "You could hear a pin drop in the room, everything went dead silent. I just sat down in my stall, didn’t say a word.”
Obviously, this is a troubling update and a terrible look for Peters. The Flames have yet to release a statement on Aliu's accusations, but you better believe something will be coming soon. The NHL has been quick to act, however, announcing they'll be launching an investigation into the matter.
It is important to note that Aliu's teammates from that Rockford team have backed up his assertion.
But, why did Aliu decide to stay quiet? He admitted he was fearful of backlash from Peters and the team at the time.
“This isn’t me being bitter. I sat on this a really, really long time. It broke my heart, I think it made my career go downhill before it started,” Aliu told TSN. “This isn’t to the degree of (Colin) Kaepernick by any means, but if you play the race card, it’s most likely the end of your career.”
Peters did not speak to the media Monday night following Calgary's game. Now, though, you better believe he'll have a ton of questions sent his way in the coming days.