Ward's heroic moment marred by racial slurs

Ward's heroic moment marred by racial slurs
April 26, 2012, 2:47 pm
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Joel Ward deserved better.After scoring the biggest goal of his life a Game 7overtime winner that gave the Capitals a 2-1 win and a berth in the secondround of the Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday night the Capitals 31-year-oldright wing became the target of racist remarks from irate Bruins fansposting on Twitter.Twitter users posted vulgarand racist comments about Ward, whose parents are from Barbados.Several websites, including Chirpstory and Black Sports Online, collected theoffensive tweets, many of which have been removed.Hes put it in his back pocket so to speak, Ward's agent Peter Cooney tld the Toronto Globe and Mail. He knows hes going to have interviews and people talking about it. Hes heard about it, but he said Peter, dont worrythat stuff never bothered me. "Ward talked to dozens of reporters after the game but did not mention anything about racial slurs directed at him after the game. The Capitals were given the day off on Thursday and were unavailable for comment.

However, owner Ted Leonsis posted his thoughts at his blog, Ted's Take. In part, he wrote:

"There should be zero tolerance for this kind of hate mongering. Their messages should now stay glued into the algorithms to place a forever warning and a mark upon these people and their actions. ...

"We will as an organization support Joel Ward. He has been a great teammate and a great citizen. He is now the star of stars in our city for his heroics last night. He is a friend and a fantastic player who delivered as advertised for us and our fans in the playoffs."