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Sensitivity Training for Hockey Player

by Promajority

In the United States Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker entered the doghouse of the politically correct by making "uncomplimentary" comments about various victims groups. In Canada, Ottawa Senators forward Vaclav Prospel from the Czech Republic has become the heretic of the week by calling Montreal Canadians forward Patrice Brisbois a "bleeping frog" during a recent game. In 1998 hockey legend Bobby Hull made some positive remarks about Hitler which got him in hot water and of course we all know what happened to former owner of the Cincinnati Red Marge Schott who also had some nice things to say about Adolph. Prospel's sin has received extensive national attention over the past several days and has created hysteria in the predominantly French-speaking province of Quebec. His his punishment is a one-on-one sensitivity training session with the league's sensitivity trainer. Rocker's punishment is worse as he has actually been ordered to undergo psychological counselling (reprograming?) for his sin. In a tv news report baseball legend and Atlanta Braves official Henry "Hank" Aaron went as far as to suggest that Rocker's life could be in jeapordy and there has been wide speculation that his career might even be over. Look at the bright side, at this pace people such as Ernst Zundel and other leading figures amonst the politically incorrect are going to have plenty of fresh company on heretics row.

Below is the a recent article on L'affaire Prospel taken from the Ottawa citizen.

Prospal Escapes Suspension But Must Undergo Divsersity Training

NEW YORK (CP) - Ottawa Senators centre Vaclav Prospal escaped suspension Thursday for his ethnic slur against Montreal Canadiens defenceman Patrice Brisebois but was ordered to attend a diversity-training session at the NHL's head office in New York.

Prospal, who called Brisebois a "frog" - punctuated by an obscenity - in a Dec. 27 game, was told to go to New York to meet with NHL-appointed diversity trainer Zach Minor for further education and discussion regarding diversity-related issues.

The league deemed Prospal's public apology to French-Canadians as sufficient, especially since it was accepted by the Canadiens and Brisebois.

"The league and the NHL Players' Association view the matter closed as soon as the supplemental diversity training session has taken place," an NHL statement read.

"While all NHL players are staunch competitors, the heat of battle does not justify the type of behaviour displayed in this instance," said Bill Daly, NHL executive vice-president and chief legal officer.

"The league, in conjunction with the NHL Players' Association, has gone to great lengths to educate and sensitize all NHL personnel to the diversities that exist in our league, as well as to the importance of respecting and appreciating those diversities.

"In this case, Mr. Prospal has acknowledged that his on-ice comments were inappropriate, and he has apologized publicly for those comments. Mr. Prospal has been made aware that any further incident of the same or similar nature will result in the imposition of immediate disciplinary measures."

The NHL has one three occasions suspended players for making racist remarks against black opponents, but this would have been the first time discipline was handed down for a slur against a francophone player.

Prospal, who is from the Czech Republic, said he wasn't aware saying "frog" could be taken as hateful. His apology Tuesday was made to French-Canadians in general.

On Thursday night, Prospal had a goal in Ottawa's 5-2 victory over the visiting Phoenix Coyotes.

"I really don't have much to say," he said after the game. "I'll go to the meeting. I don't have any problem with that. You can always learn."

The NHL recently had consultant Minor visit the league's 28 clubs to deliver a talk and screen a video on racism and other forms of intolerance.

Washington's Chris Simon was suspended for three games in 1997 for uttering a racial slur at Edmonton's Mike Grier, who is black.

The Capitals' Craig Berube got one game for calling the Florida Panthers' Peter Worrell, who is black, a "monkey."

Bryan Marchment of the San Jose Sharks was suspended for one game last April for calling Vancouver Canucks forward Donald Brashear a "monkey" as well.

An incident was dismissed during last spring's playoffs in which Sandy McCarthy of the Philadelphia Flyers, who is of mixed black and native heritage, alleged he was thrown an "N-bomb" by Toronto Maple Leafs tough guy Tie Domi, who denied making the slur.

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