I’m a little bit late on this simply because I was debating what to do with it. But it’s only right to talk about the issue with the racist assholes tweeting at PK Subban.
First of all, I don’t blame Cam Neely for what he said, saying that the fans don’t represent the Bruins organization. It was a fine statement. It just didn’t go far enough. What Neely has to do in a situation like that is directly tell the fans that they shouldn’t be Bruins fans anymore. Something like, “If you’re the kind of bigoted, prejudiced person to think that way about an opposing player simply based on the color of his skin, you should stop supporting the Bruins right now. Our organization and fanbase don’t deserve to be associated with you.” I’d also release to the press that the Bruins organization are trying to find out each individual person behind those tweets and make sure that they’re not allowed in the TD Garden anymore. Even if that is incredibly hard to do, at least make fans think you’re doing it.
It’s not Neely’s, Boston’s, or the organization’s fault that these terrible people exist, but it has to be mentioned. And it’s not enough to try to disassociate yourself. You gotta try and send an actual message, and I don’t think Neely delivered on that front.