Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters still has a job–for now.
How long it lasts remains to be seen.
On Wednesday, Peters released the contents of a letter he sent to his general manager, Brad Treliving, apologizing for his actions 10 years ago when he used what is being characterized as racist language to berate a Nigerian-born player, Akim Aliu, when both were with the Chicago Blackhawks’ farm club in Rockford, Illinois.
“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,” Peters wrote
“I know that my comments have been the source of both anger and disappointment, and I understand why. Although it was an isolated and immediately regrettable incident, I take responsibility for what I said.”
On Thursday, Akim, who was raised in Canada, called Peters’ apology “misleading, insincere and concerning.”
— Akim Aliu (@Dreamer_Aliu78) November 28, 2019
The Flames and the NHL are continuing to investigate the incident, which has rocked the hockey world.
Peters was not behind the Calgary bench Wednesday night when the Flames edged the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in overtime.
TSN reporter Frank Seravalli, who conducted the interview with Aliu that set off the storm, told CTV News this is “really hockey’s watershed moment.”
With files from CBC, CTV, TSN, Global, AP, CNN