NHL Prospect Opens Up About Racist Trolling on Conference Call

Dan Mennella
June 02, 2020 - 12:00 pm

New York Rangers defenseman K'Andre Miller has responded after racist slurs were directed at him during an April conference call with fans.

Miller, a Minnesota native who played for the University of Wisconsin, took to social media to explain his pain and anger, and why he waited several weeks to speak out.

The post was captioned "Black Lives Matter" and included an attached statement.

"It's something that I won't ever forget," Miller said about the racist trolling. "But with COVID19 taking a stranglehold on the nation, it seemed like there were so many other priorities in the world, that it wasn't my place to speak out about that incident."

But, the 20-year-old defenseman said recent events have changed his thinking.

"Now, in the midst of the senseless killing of George Floyd, at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, the peaceful protests and violent riots have become the focus of us all. I want to express my growing concern for the safety of our citizens of color, specifically in my home state, given recent events. I support the Black Lives Matter movement."

Miller's Zoom chat was meant to introduce him to Rangers fans shortly after he signed his first professional contract. The comments section was disabled not long after the remarks appeared, and Miller appeared to be unaware of what happened.

The NHL and the Rangers later condemned the bigoted spamming.

Miller said it was especially painful because he is one of the few black players in a predominantly white sport.

"I struggle because I've never been fully accepted by either the black community or the white community. I struggle because for years I have been one of the only people of color on my hockey teams. I have been targeted because of my race when I was in youth hockey by some coaches, parents and players, but I refused to give up because of my love for the game."

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