Police ID Racist Who Threw Banana at Flyers' Wayne Simmonds

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Police in Canada say they have identified a suspect who threw a banana at Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds during a pre-season game. The incident has racial overtones because Simmonds is a rare black player in the NHL.

"We have information that's been given to us... and that obviously means a name has come forward," London, Ontario Constable Dennis Rivest told the London Free Press.

Rivest said several fans pointed to the same person as the banana-thrower. Rivest would not reveal the person's name. No charges have been filed, but the suspect could face a charge of "engaging in a prohibited activity" under Canada's Trespass to Property Act.

Simmonds was attempting a shot during a shootout last week when the banana flew onto the ice. Simmonds was able to skate around it and score.

"I've never had a banana thrown at me before. That's a first for me," Simmonds said after the game. "I guess it's something I obviously have to deal with, being a black player playing a predominantly white sport."

There are about 30 active black players in the NHL out of about 700 players on team rosters -- that's less than 5% of the league.