Protesters Hijacked Chick-fil-A’s Zamboni at Cincinnati’s NHL Game to Stage a Brilliant Sneak Attack on Homophobia

A group of protesters infiltrated Chick-fil-A’s branded “Fan Zam” and rode around the ice carrying “Chick-fil-A is anti-gay” signs. The protest took place during a game between the Cincinnati Cyclones and the Kalamazoo Wings on Saturday night.

WLWT reports: “The fans rode on what’s known as the Chick-fil-A Fan Zam, a customized Zamboni that takes fans for a spin around the ice for a $10 fee. Officials with the Cincinnati Cyclones said the group concealed the message on a birthday sign and unfolded their actual message once they got on the ice.”

The Cyclones released a statement: “During the first intermission a group of protestors riding the Chick-fil-A Fan Zam displayed unacceptable messaging that was hidden inside of a birthday sign. The Cincinnati Cyclones & U.S. Bank Arena do not condone this type of behavior or the messaging expressed. These actions do not align with the family friendly atmosphere that we aim to provide. Chick-fil-A has been a wonderful partner and we are thankful for their on-going support. The offending parties have been removed from the game and we apologize to anyone that may have been offended by these actions.”

Cincinnati.com adds: ‘The hockey team, in the midst of a playoff series, has threatened seven people with criminal trespassing if they ever return, spokesman Everett Fitzhugh said Sunday. Signs will be banned on the “Fan Zam” Zamboni from now on, too, Fitzhugh said. “Moving forward, we have adopted a ‘no signage’ policy on the Fan Zam, and we will be monitoring all riders to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again,” he said.’

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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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