Stephen: Flames coach being investigated after allegations of use of racial slur

The status of Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters is in limbo as the team and NHL investigate allegations that he hurled racist slurs at a Nigerian-born minor league player 10 years ago, the AP reports. Flames GM Brad Treliving said the team is looking into the allegations levied by Akim Aliu on Twitter, who said Peters “dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room in my rookie year because he didn’t like my choice of music.” Aliu and Peters were both with a minor-league team in Rockford, Illinois, at the time.

Aliu later expanded on his allegation to TSN, telling the network “He then walked out like nothing ever happened,” Aliu said. “You could hear a pin drop in the room, everything went dead silent. I just sat down in my stall, didn’t say a word.” Two teammates corroborated the story to TSN. Aliu cited NFL QB Colin Kaepernick for why he kept quiet for so long. “This isn’t to the degree of Kaepernick by any means, but if you play the race card, it’s most likely the end of your career,” Aliu said. Flames players were blindsided by the accusations against their coach. Defenseman Oliver Kylington, whose mother is Eritrean, said he respected Aliu for speaking out. “Words like that should never, ever be said.” Peters has not yet commented, and was not at the team practice on Tuesday.

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