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Podcast: Duck’s Ryan Getzlaf gets off easy for using gay slur

An NHL writer discusses how the NHL blew it.

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In an NHL playoff game last week, Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks got mad at a referee and called him a "cocksucker." Getzlaf was fined $10,000 for language the NHL called "demeaning and disrespectful." But he was not suspended a game as was the case a year earlier when Andrew Shaw of the Chicago Blackhawks called a referee a "faggott."

To us, both terms are homophobic, so why the discrepancy in penalties? We discuss this with Chris Hine, Blackhawks beat writer for the Chicago Tribune and himself gay.

You can listen below or click on this link.