Flyers-Leafs marred by slur accusation
Posted: Tuesday May 04, 1999 01:23 PM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia's Sandy McCarthy accused Toronto's Tie Domi of using a racial slur Monday night during their playoff game. Domi denied it, and NHL officials were looking into the accusation.
"He dropped an N-bomb on me," said McCarthy, who squared off with Domi several times during the second period of Toronto's 2-1 victory.
Domi said McCarthy, who is part black and part native American, spat in his face. He flatly denied the accusation, which threatened to embroil the NHL in another racial controversy in the middle of the playoffs.
"He spit in my face, so maybe he was looking for some excuse," Domi said. "I would never use those kind of words, and he knows that. He can say what he wants."
Before a faceoff in the second period, McCarthy and Domi were trash-talking. McCarthy switched sides to be next to Domi, and they continued jawing.
Domi mocked McCarthy by shaking his knees and motioning his hands as if to encourage McCarthy to keep talking.
At the next stoppage, Domi skated away from a tussle in the corner, and McCarthy motioned to Domi and flapped his arms like a chicken. Domi merely rolled his eyes.
McCarthy said Domi used the slur before the faceoff. Referees and officials told McCarthy they "didn't hear anything."
"You speak words like that, you better be ready to defend yourself," McCarthy said. "It's the first time it's happened to me in my career. And I think the NHL should do something about it."
Flyers public relations officials arranged for a pool reporter to interview NHL supervisor John D'Amico. Referee Paul Stewart declined comment, and so did Flyers general manager Bob Clarke.
"I'm not talking to you," Clarke said. "Go talk to the players."
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