Thursday, March 23, 2017
Must not find black women unattractive
Chicago Blackhawks winger Artemi Panarin apologized Monday for a racially insensitive comment made about black women in an old YouTube video that emerged on social media over the weekend. A statement was released through the team, and published by Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune.
The video, which was filmed in 2012 when Panarin played in the KHL, shows Panarin and former teammate Yaroslav Tulyakov asking each other questions in Russian with subtitles included at the bottom. Midway through the interview, Tulyakov asks Panarin the question, "What could you never do?"
Panarin replies, “Have sex with a black woman," according to the subtitles and multiple Russian-speaking sources from Hine. Those sources also told him that the players “appeared to be joking and at times making off-color remarks as they read the questions” and his comment “appeared to be an attempt at humor.”
The Blackhawks and Panarin apologized on Monday.