Hockey exec sus­pended over slur about women

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - DIANA ME­HTA

An On­tario mi­nor hockey ex­ec­u­tive has been sus­pended and or­dered to take ethics train­ing af­ter post­ing a slur on­line about Cana­dian women who joined a mas­sive march in Washington, D.C., last month.

Windsor Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Dean Lapierre had apol­o­gized last week and said he “screwed up” when he made the com­ment on his per­sonal Face­book page.

Lapierre, de­scribed by the as­so­ci­a­tion as a 30-year vol­un­teer, wrote on Face­book (spell­ing/gram­mar er­rors in­cluded here) : “Any of those CANA­DIAN women who wanted to protest the pres­i­dent of the USA and got turned around. Good u dumb bitches. Worry about your own Coun­try CANADA. And your protest­ing what?”

The Windsor Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion says in a state­ment that af­ter con­sult­ing with the On­tario Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion, it has passed a mo­tion sus­pend­ing Lapierre un­til the end of the 2016-17 sea­son.

It says the mo­tion or­ders Lapierre to take a work­shop by the Sex­ual As­sault Cri­sis Cen­tre of Windsor and other train­ing pro­grams on re­spect and ethics when deal­ing with so­cial me­dia.

The hockey as­so­ci­a­tion has also de­manded a writ­ten apol­ogy.

“The WMHA takes this mat­ter se­ri­ously,” it said in a state­ment. “The WMHA will also up­date their Code of Con­duct to re­flect the be­hav­iour that is ex­pected of all WMHA vol­un­teers in par­tic­u­lar when us­ing so­cial me­dia.”

The as­so­ci­a­tion said its board of di­rec­tors will also par­tic­i­pate in the work­shop of­fered by the sex­ual as­sault cri­sis cen­tre.

“Dean and the WMHA un­der­stand that as WMHA pres­i­dent, there is no sep­a­rat­ing the pri­vate in­di­vid­ual from the pub­lic per­sona on so­cial me­dia and that he must be held ac­count­able,” it said. “The WMHA board of di­rec­tors will take the nec­es­sary steps to in­sti­tute a cul­tural change for the bet­ter­ment of the WMHA and its vol­un­teers.”

Hun­dreds of Cana­dian women from Toronto, Mon­treal, Ottawa and Windsor took part last month in the protest dubbed “Women’s March on Washington” in sup­port of women’s rights. Many oth­ers made their way to the U.S. cap­i­tal by car or plane.

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