Philadelphia Wings fire announcer after racially insensitive remarks

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  1. Vin

    Vin Well-Known Member

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    University at Albany lacrosse player Lyle Thompson practices on April 16, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. In-game announcer Shawny Hill and the Philadelphia Wings apologized on Sunday after he made racially insensitive remarks about Georgia Swarm forward Lyle Thompson. Hill called for Thompson’s pony-tail to be cut over during Georgia’s 13-11 win at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. - Mike Groll , THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    PHILADELPHIA — Shawny Hill has been fired by the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League two days after he made racially insensitive comments about a First Nations player on the visiting Georgia Swarm.

    The Wings put out a statement on Monday saying Hill had been "permanently removed" from the role.

    Hill's Twitter profile also states that he was a TV announcer for the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers.

    The Wings' statement says that he has been suspended from all in-arena announcing assignments at the Wells Fargo Center, home of the NLL and NHL teams.

    Hill called for Swarm forward Lyle Thompson to have his ponytail cut off during Georgia's 13-11 win on Saturday night.

    Thompson, from Onondaga Nation, N.Y., and his brothers Jerome and Miles all play for the Swarm and wear braided ponytails in tribute to their Indigenous heritage.

    Jeremy Thompson, the eldest of the Thompson brothers, plays for the Saskatchewan Rush and also wears a braid.

    "The Wings are working closely with the National Lacrosse League to implement ongoing diversity training for all employees which will include a focus on the Native North American roots and traditions of the sport," said the Wings statement on Monday. "The Wings remain deeply apologetic for the offensive comments that overshadowed Saturday night's game and are fully committed to furthering a culture of respect."

    Administrators at residential schools in Canada and the United States would cut the hair of Indigenous children in one of many steps designed to separate the kids from their heritage, families and communities.

    Many First Nations people in Canada and the United States now wear their hair long in memory of those children and to preserve Indigenous culture.

    The incident was similar to a controversial decision at a high school wrestling tournament in New Jersey in December.

    Wrestler Andrew Johnson, who is black, had a cover over his dreadlocks, but referee Alan Maloney, who is white, said that wouldn't do and minutes before his championship match forced the teenager to cut off his hair. Johnson went on to win the match but appeared visibly distraught afterwards.

    New Jersey's attorney general's office has confirmed an investigation by the Division on Civil Rights. The school superintendent said in a letter to the community that they support and stand by all student athletes.

    "I know Philly takes pride in their ruthless fans but I didn't know it was like that lol ... now I know ... just haven't heard stuff like this since high school," Thompson said on Twitter.

    "The crowd did not chant anything about scalping. This was two individuals behind the Swarm bench."

    Peterborough Laker Holden Cattoni had two goals and four assists for the Swarm, while Peterborough's Josh Currier had three goals and an assist for the winless Wings and Peterborough Laker goalie Doug Buchan saved 29 of 36 shots faced to take the loss.
  2. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

    Holy ucking inaccuracy

    He is not the tv announcer for the flyers good lord

    His role with the flyers is in house promotions during tv timeouts
  3. Vin

    Vin Well-Known Member

    I can't comment as to the veracity of the statement, but I just wanted to point it out that it is Shawny Hill who claimed he was a TV accouncer for the Flyers.
  4. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

    5C29C602-522C-4E95-88C3-D28D3D8E86B1.jpeg Flyerstv must be on their website which I haven’t gone to in 5 years
  5. swami24

    swami24 Well-Known Member

    At least.the part about the worst of the comments was identified as 2 idiot's, not a stadium chant.

    In this ultra PC world, not enough attention is being paid to his apology. Should he ever do unscripted in game commentary in arena? Absolutely not. He has never done that for the Flyers. His arena vision appearances for the Flyers are professionally set up, and he does a great job setting up the fans for.their brief appearances.

    Maybe Flyerstv host refers to the in game appearances? There is no Flyers TV to my knowledge.
    1sttimelongtime likes this.
  6. IAmDroot

    IAmDroot Guest

    FlyersTV is on their website
  7. RockyMaivia

    RockyMaivia Active Member


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