NHL Determines Maple Leafs’ Morgan Rielly Did Not Use Anti-Gay Slur: WATCH

The NHL said on Tuesday that after an investigation it determined that Toronto Maple Leafs’ player Morgan Rielly did not use an anti-gay slur at referee Brad Meier during a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.

ESPN reports: ‘The league conducted an investigation after microphones picked up a phrase during a game at Toronto against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Online videos appeared to implicate Rielly, but the NHL said he didn’t utter a slur. “League officials interviewed several of the participants in the game — including Rielly and Meier — and reviewed audio of the alleged incident,” NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell said in a statement. “All of those interviewed adamantly denied that Rielly uttered a slur and the audio supported their statements.’

Rielly and Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas addressed the media after the NHL made its determination.

Said Rielly: “There’s really no place for slurs like that in sport or in life…That word has no place in this building.”

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Toronto Maple Leafs’ Morgan Rielly Investigated for Calling Ref ‘F—ing F—ot’

The NHL is investigating an alleged anti-gay slur picked up on a mic during the Toronto Maple Leafs game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.

The slur (thought to be the words ‘f—ing f—ot’) appeared to come from Leafs player Morgan Rielly (watch lower part of screen at :09) below.

Said the NHL: “The NHL is aware of reports that a homophobic slur was used during the Maple Leafs-Lightning game. The league is investigating the incident and will have no further comment until this investigation is completed.”

Some fans are convinced that it wasn’t a slur at all. Read this thread:

Rielly is considered an ally to the LGBTQ community.

Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas released a statement on Monday night as well: “The Club is aware of the reports surrounding a homophobic slur used during the Maple Leafs versus Lightning game on Monday night. The issue of homophobia is one the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club strongly condemns and takes very seriously. We are in communication with the NHL and are cooperating fully with their office.”

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