Craig Berube, coach, said that after initially refusing to comment, he now says the racist comments and threats made at him were directed at Center They are “in absolutely no way acceptable.”
Berube stated that “I just want comment on my no comment' yesterday,” before Game 5 in Denver. “I'm not on Social Media. I was aware that Nazem had been threatened. This is not racist. It is not acceptable for the St. Louis Blues, or anyone else, that he has to go through this.”
Kadri, a Muslim from Lebanese descent was the target of racist remarks and threats after his collision with Blues goalie.Their second-round series, Game 3. Binnington was an outstanding player in five postseason games and sustained a lower body injury in a collision that occurred with Kadri and Blues defenseman. It has been .
LocalKadri was targeted on social media. Additionally, there was increased police presence at the Avalanche’s St. Louis team hotel and at the entrance of the players to the Enterprise Center ice at Game 4.
Kadri was not penalized for the play that caused Binnington to be injured. The NHL Department of Player Safety determined that there wasn't any additional discipline. Berube, however asked Kadri to explain his role in the injury.
“Look at Kadri’s reputation. He said nothing about Kadri. Kadri is currently suspended for multiple reasons, including an 8-game ban for illegally checking the head of St. Louis defenseman.In the 2021 playoffs.
WithSt. Louis' net score was 3-1. The Avalanche won Game 3 and 4. Kadri scored a hat-trick in Monday night’s win. Kadri stated that Berube's comments were motivating after Game 4.
“It began with their head coaches, probably. Kadri stated that he made comments I didn't like. “I think he hasn't heard of bulletin boards material.”
Berube denied any comment when asked about Kadri's threats. He did however say that Wednesday he sympathized fully with the Avalanche's situation.
Berube explained, “Being myself a Native American myself it's all I've ever heard.” It's all around me. It's not good. It's not a good thing.
In light of threats, hockey fans and media criticized Berube's initial “no comments” statement.
After Game 4, Jared Bednar (Coach Colorado) defended his coach.
Bednar said, “It's neither my obligation nor Berube’s obligation to comment on every question that people ask about hockey.” “If you were to ask him, he would likely say that he doesn’t like the comments.” However, you are not obliged to comment because people want your opinions.