The Toronto Maple Leafs organization, the NHL, and the media collectively lost their minds over a so-called “homophobic slur” allegedly uttered by Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly during a recent game against the Lightning.
It was a day of infamy as the Leafs, the NHL and the ink-stained scribes examined and re-examined the video evidence over and over again... like they were the FBI examining the Zapruder footage of the JFK assassination.
So, what was that “homophobic slur” that Rielly supposedly uttered?
Not even an initial is permitted like how we now use the term “N-word” to describe that egregious slur a racist would use to describe a black person.
Maybe the “F-word” then?
Sorry, sports fans. Apparently even that is too offensive for society’s tender ears.
In the end, the NHL agreed that audio evidence provided by no less than TEN microphones proved there was no homophobia uttered yet when armchair quarterbacks offered their analysis of an incident that never happened, the conclusion was that the “Maple Leafs were right to speak out about a word that was never spoken.”
Oh, and to make absolutely sure that everyone was clear that the Toronto Maple Leafs is not a homophobic organization, General Manager Kyle Dubas staged a press conference noting Rielly is so pro-homosexual that he’s actually marched in Toronto’s Gay Pride Parade!