NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Some fans of the Capitals say they had to put up with racist and homophobic remarks while attending Game 3 of Washington’s playoff series against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
Nate Smith of Brooklyn made the claims in a blog post titled “Open Letter to the New York Islanders,” writing that it “was the worst experience I have had in 30 years of attending sporting events.” In addition to the abusive comments, Smith said his friend’s car was vandalized and one of the license plates was stolen, and alleged that security personnel treated them “as the enemy.”
“We are disappointed by the reported actions of a select group of fans that attended Game 3 on Sunday afternoon,” the Islanders said in a statement. “The alleged racist or homophobic remarks directed at several Washington Capitals fans are by no means associated with or supported by the New York Islanders organization. Islanders fans, who are made up of the best of the world’s melting pot, are some of the most respectful, passionate and knowledgeable in the NHL. The inappropriate actions of a few individuals does not represent Islanders fans as a whole. We expect our fans to continue to be the loudest and most respectful fans in the NHL.”