Blackhawks player apologizes for anti-gay slur

Posted at 11:16 AM, Apr 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-20 14:16:15-04

Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw is apologizing for yelling an anti-gay slur after he was sent to the penalty box during Chicago's loss to St. Louis.

In a statement released by the team, Shaw says he is "sincerely sorry for the insensitive remarks." He apologized to the gay and lesbian community, fans and his team for his "hurtful" words and promised to learn from his mistake.

Shaw was sent off for interference at 17:56 of the third period, hurting Chicago's chance for a comeback in what ended up being a 4-3 loss. While sitting in the box, Shaw directed the slur toward someone on the ice.

The Blackhawks said they were disappointed in Shaw, but did not indicate whether he might be punished. The NHL is investigating. Chicago trails the Blues 3-1 in the first-round playoff series and can be eliminated by St. Louis on Thursday night.