Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters under fire for allegations of racism
Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters is currently under fire after allegations of racism surfaced on Twitter Monday.
Hockey player Akim Aliu tweeted that Peters "dropped the N bomb several times towards [him] in the dressing room in [his] rookie year because he didn’t like [his] choice of music."
Though Aliu didn't name Peters personally, he referred to him as former Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock's "protege in YYC."
Not very surprising the things we’re hearing about Babcock. Apple doesn’t fall far from the Tree, same sort of deal with his protege in YYC. Dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room in my rookie year because he didn’t like my choice of music. First one to— Akim Aliu (@Dreamer_Aliu78) November 26, 2019
According to CTV News, Babcock has been a mentor to Peters for years.
In the series of tweets, Aliu also said he rebelled against Peters which led him to request that Aliu be sent to a lower minor league level.
admit I rebelled against him. Wouldn’t you? And instead of remedying the situation, he wrote a letter to John McDonough and Stan Bowman to have me sent down to the ECHL. 20 year old on pace for 20 goals in his first pro year with zero PP/PK time was off to a great start in his— Akim Aliu (@Dreamer_Aliu78) November 26, 2019
General Manager of the Calgary Flames Brad Treliving said the allegations are being taken seriously and the incident is being investigated.
"The serious nature is not lost on us. We take it with extreme seriousness and until such time as I personally can talk to all parties involved and everybody that we want to as part of this, we're not going to comment," he said, adding that "Bill has not been relieved of his duties."
The NHL also released a statement saying the allegations are being investigated.
"The behavior that has been alleged is repugnant and unacceptable," they said. "We will have no further comment until we have had an opportunity to look into the matter more thoroughly."
According to TSN, two of Aliu’s Rockford teammates who were in the room at the time of the alleged incident, Simon Pepin and Peter MacArthur, independently corroborated Aliu’s account.
Meanwhile, many are already calling for Peters to be fired.
While some are emphasizing that it's important to get the full story before jumping to conclusions.
Ok. So what if Peters is exonerated? What if he didn't say what he's been accused of?— Chris Carson (@Carsonic_Boom) November 26, 2019
We need to take a long look at the facts and get the whole story before a single trigger is pulled.
Maybe take a step back and breathe first.
Peters coached Aliu during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons before he was demoted to the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL.
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