During Sunday’s Nashville Predators vs. Phoenix Coyotes game on the NBC Sports Network, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick gave a scathing critique of the play of Nashville Forward Alexander Radulov.
They were lauded in some circles, but many people, myself included, were disturbed by the xenophobic nature of some of their comments. There is a long and ugly history of anti-Russian xenophobia in hockey complete with stereotypes about Russian players as lazy, selfish, greedy, streaky and, of course, ‘enigmatic’. A Puck Daddy post on the NBCSN rant garnered numerous xenophobic responses from readers. I’ve gathered some of the worst comments below.
I’ve also included comments and tweets that recognized the xenophobic assumptions and statements by some in the media and hockey fandom and called people out for them.
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