(CBS) Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw has apologized for a homophobic slur he shouted from the penalty box late in his team’s 4-3 loss to the Blues in Game 4 of their first-round series Tuesday night.
After initially remarking after the game that “emotions ran high,” Shaw reviewed the video of his actions later.READ MORE: Jussie Smollett Trial: Abel Osundairo, One Of Two Brothers Who Said He Was Paid To Help Stage Attack, Says Smollett 'Wanted Me To Fake Beat Him Up'
“I am sincerely sorry for the insensitive remarks that I made last night while in the penalty box,” Shaw said in a statement released through the team. “When I got home and saw the video, it was evident that what I did was wrong, no matter the circumstances. I apologize to many people, including the gay and lesbian community, the Chicago Blackhawks organization, Blackhawks fans and anyone else I may have offended. I know my words were hurtful and I will learn from my mistake.”
The Blackhawks also said they were “extremely disappointed” in Shaw.READ MORE: Former Chicago Park District Supervisor Mauricio Ramirez Arrested For Sexually Assaulting Another 16-Year-Old Lifeguard
“We are extremely disappointed in Andrew Shaw’s actions last night,” the team said in a statement. “His comments do not reflect what we stand for as an organization. We are proud to have an inclusive and respectful environment, and to support various initiatives such as the You Can Play Project and the Chicago Gay Hockey Association. We will use this opportunity to further educate our players and organization moving forward, so that we all may learn from it.”
The Blackhawks didn’t announce any suspension. The NHL is investigating the matter, and discipline is possible.MORE NEWS: Fire Rips Through Home In Kildeer
Shaw’s comments came not long after he received an interference penalty with just more than two minutes left, as he was seen shouting at Blues players on multiple occasions.