QMJHL Suspends Val D’Or Foreurs Vincent Dunn For Racial Slurs

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QMJHL Suspends Val-d’Or Foreurs Vincent Dunn For Racial Slurs November 21, 2012 8:00 AM

Vincent Dunn was assessed a game misconduct near the end of the first period for what the official game sheet described as “racial taunts, gestures and slurs.” Reports have been made that several players and coaches heard Dunn make the offensive remarks, and that those remarks may have also been heard by fans in the stands.

Yesterday Dunn was also handed a two game suspension for those inappropriate comments he directed at Halifax Mooseheads co-captain Trey Lewis, and the team has also been fined $500.

“The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League created an anti-discrimination policy in December of 2006 in order to ban all forms of discrimination,” commissioner Gilles Courteau said in a release Tuesday announcing the suspension.

“Our policy is based on the principle of zero tolerance and it applies to all comments which are deemed inappropriate. All of our participants must be treated with respect and dignity.”

Trey Lewis who is of Mi’kmaq descent through his mother, has not made any statement publicly. The Mi’kmaq are a First Nations People, located in Quebec and in the North Eastern United States.

Two whole games? Wow! $500.00 fine?

Surely when looking at this type of penalty, the QMJHL needs to look at its rule book. In big money sports a $500.00 fine is nothing that is going to make any organization be fearful of being fined for this type of act.

Two game suspension? People have been forced off of teams, and out of hockey for making these types of comments in the United States. Is the QMJHL more accepting of a comment made toward a Native American or First Nations People than if it were made toward an African American? You have to wonder.

By Joseph Kolodziej

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