Hate travels fast in the age of Twitter. No sooner had Joel Ward’s shot found the back of the net late Wednesday than racist rants began spewing on the Internet.
Web sites such as Chirpstory and BlackSportsOnline collected dozens of the vile tweets. Most used the n-word modified by the f-word. A few issued death threats. And some combined both: “That (n-word) deserves to hang.”
“Shocking to see,” Ward told USA TODAY Sports, “but it didn’t ruin my day.”
Ward, who was born in Toronto of parents from Barbados, heard about the tweets while on the Washington Capitals’ flight back from Boston after his Game 7 overtime goal knocked out the defending champion Bruins. Teammate Jeff Halpern showed Ward some of the tweets and apologized that he had to see that.
“Halpern just took offense that people weren’t talking about the goal, (but rather) getting into racist remarks,” Ward said. “I think he was telling me he had my back.” (USA Today)