Hockey player from US subjected to racist taunt in Ukraine league

A Black American hockey player was subjected to a racist act in the Ukrainian Hockey League on Sunday. 

HC Kremenchuk forward Andrei Deniskin mimed the peeling and eating of a banana in the direction of Jalen Smereck, a former Arizona Coyotes prospect who plays for HC Donbass. 

Deniskin was ejected from the game and faces further discipline from the league, pending a league investigation. Deniskin apologized for his actions via social media, but the post has apparently since been deleted. According to ESPN, Deniskin wrote on Instagram that his actions were “a gesture that someone can consider as an insult in race.”

HC Donbass said the organization was “outraged” by Deniskin’s behavior, adding “racism has no place in sports.” 

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