We don't normally make a habit of talking about the links before the jump here on the Walk, but today, we make an exception.
Yesterday, we wrote a bit about Justin Fontaine and his rather major misstep on Twitter. As a recourse, the Wild have suspended Fantiane for two games, and added to their social media policy for their players and prospects. It was obvious the Wild were not going to stand by and watch it happen without doing something. The NHL has acted on less, and given the chance, the AHL may have acted in this incident. Perhaps the Wild were being proactive, perhaps not.
Either way, the fact that Fontaine is going to miss two games for something that could have been easily avoided, and didn't even take place on the ice, is disappointing. The fact that the Wild organization acted in a bold manner and made a clear statement that this was not acceptable behavior is impressive. It isn't often that Wild fans get to be proud anymore.
Today, be proud of the organization for simply doing the right thing in a difficult situation. Hopefully this is the last time we have to deal with this in such a close proximity.
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Wild suspends prospect Justin Fontaine 2 Aeros games for slur | StarTribune.com - Rants on the situation.
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Wild prospect suspended two games for Grammys-related gay slur on Twitter | ProHockeyTalk -This will be national news. Already is, in fact.
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