the United States Atlanta Braves pitcher
John Rocker entered the doghouse of the
politically correct by making
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
Escapes Suspension But Must Undergo
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
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
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
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.