Joel Ward scores the OT Game-Winner against the Boston Bruins (US PRESSWIRE)
WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Racists tweets littered Twitter.com Wednesday and early Thursday after a black Washington Capital scored the thrilling game winning goal against the #2 seed Boston Bruins.
The owner of the Capitals, Ted Leonsis, released a statement about the racism against winger Joel Ward earlier today:
"Shame on these folks who decided to take to their keyboards and show their ignorance and their racism and hate.
What these people have said and done is unforgivable. I hope they are now publicly identified and pay a huge price for their beliefs. There should be zero tolerance for this kind of hate mongering. Their messages should now stay glued into the algorithms to place a forever warning and a mark upon these people and their actions. They shouldn't be able to escape their keystrokes.
We will as an organization support Joel Ward. He has been a great teammate and a great citizen. He is now the star of stars in our city for his heroics last night. He is a friend and a fantastic player - who delivered - as advertised for us and our fans in the playoffs."