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Calgary coach’s apology

Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters has apologized for using “offensive language” towards a Nigerian-born player in the minor leagues a decade ago, according to a letter obtained by Canadian network TSN on Wednesday. The apology came in a letter to the general manager of the Flames, who along with the National Hockey League are investigating whether Peters used a racial slur towards Akim Aliu. Aliu alleges on Twitter that Peters “dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room in my rookie year because he didn’t like my choice of music.” The alleged incident happened while Peters was Aliu’s coach at the Rockford, Illinois, affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks. TSN posted on its website what it said was a copy of Peters’ letter to Calgary general manager Brad Treliving. “Please accept this as a sincere apology to you, and the entire Calgary Flames organization, for offensive language I used in a professional setting a decade ago,” the letter says. “Although it was an isolated and immediately regrettable incident, I take responsibility for what I said.”


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