(CBS) Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw has been suspended by the NHL for Game 5 of his team’s first-round series against the Blues for using a homophobic slur late in a 4-3 loss in Game 4 on Tuesday. The league also fined Shaw $5,000 for directing an inappropriate gesture toward the officials.
“While Mr. Shaw was apologetic and remorseful for both the offensive comments and the inappropriate gesture directed at the on-ice officials, he must be held accountable for his actions,” NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell said in a statement. “The emotion of the moment cannot and will not be a mitigating factor for the conduct that is expected of an NHL player.”READ MORE: Bears Vs. Cardinals: Three Things To Watch
As Shaw sat in the penalty box in the final minutes of Game 4 after being called for interference, the NBC Sports broadcast showed him shouting a homophobic slur. On his way to the penalty box, he’d also vented at the officials, appearing to flash both middle fingers, with his gloves on, toward them.
Initially after Tuesday’s game, Shaw wasn’t sure what he’d done, only saying, “Emotions ran high.” With more time to reflect, the 24-year-old Shaw was apologetic Wednesday.
“I am sincerely sorry for the insensitive remarks that I made last night while in the penalty box,” Shaw said in a statement. “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.”