Update 2: The NHL has suspended Andrew Shaw 1 game for using gay slur.
Update 1: Shaw has now admitted using and apologized for the slur.
Andrew Shaw of the Chicago Blackhawks picked up a critical penalty late in his team's 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. He was caught on camera in the penalty box uttering what appears to be a gay slur.
Andrew Shaw using a slur in the penalty box https://t.co/MXvht3kuoN— The Cauldron (ICYMI) (@CauldronICYMI) April 20, 2016
It's clear that he says "fucking" and "fuck you" and also appears that he inserts "faggot" after fucking. After the game, Shaw says he doesn't remember what he said. "Emotions were high. I don't know what I said. I wasn't happy with the call."
One Outsports reader commented: "I'm not gay but I'm a lip reader because I have hearing loss. I can tell it's definitely faggot."
Fans on Twitter are convinced he used a gay slur. A video below implies he used it right after getting a penalty:
April 5th: Blackhawks host You Can Play night— Temporary Caps Fan (@CrzyCanucklehed) April 20, 2016
April 19th: Andrew Shaw drops some homophobic slurs
They do everything right though!
Also, Andrew Shaw, come on. Are you kidding? No need for gay slurs or giving the finger to the refs...— Aasim Hashim (@aasimhashim) April 20, 2016
As far as I am concerned, Andrew Shaw can go find another team 2 play 4 next year. Save cap room. That slur was unacceptable. #Blackhawks— Greg (@GregZajac1) April 20, 2016
This is disgusting and Andrew Shaw should be embarrassed https://t.co/MNvXjbwpnV— Second City Hockey (@2ndCityHockey) April 20, 2016
WOOF. That was ugly. I'm gonna go sleep it off, too.— Sarah Spain (@SarahSpain) April 20, 2016
In addition, Shaw flipped a double bird, apparently in the direction of the referees. He will likely get suspended for that alone, but the possible use of the slur needs to be investigated.