It was up on PuckDaddy earlier, but here's a TSN Link
So Barch gets a game for making a joke about Simmonds "slipping on a banana peel."
Here's where it gets tricky.
Is there underlying racism in the joke?
Barch made the comment after Simmonds fell down during an altercation with Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson.
Basically, he was calling him a klutz and making fun of his skating ability.
Linesman decided that Barch was inferring more and gave him the misconduct.
League agrees and suspends him for a game.
It's all about what was heard and what someone thought Barch meant with that comment.
Don't the linesmen and refs have enough problems making calls on the ice to start policing what is said between players?
You're undermining your argument a little by confusing Subban with another black player who isn't even on the same team. Simmonds is a winger who plays for the Flyers. Subban is a defenseman who plays for Montreal.
I'm doing a 180 here. If he said a racial taunt, there was reason for suspension.
If he was making fun of his skating ability, jeer on.
"Slipped on a banana peel" after he fell? Come on, NHL.
Maybe it had some racial overtones, but it's certainly debatable. If anything this could been handled with just a warning to Barch about how this may have sounded. It certainly didn't warrant a suspension.
Edited by haroldsnepsts, 06 January 2012 - 11:47 AM.