Minor league hockey player suspended for tweeting gay slur

Justin Fontaine's tweet about the Foo Fighters at the Grammy was truly in #BadTaste.


Kevin Collier

Internet Culture

Published Feb 15, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 9:23 pm CDT

A minor league hockey player was suspended Monday for tweeting a gay slur.

Justin Fontaine plays forward for the Houston Aeors, an affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. As he watched the Grammy awards Sunday night, Fontaine tweeted “The Foo Fa***ts were awful. #TerribleShow #BadTaste.”

Though Fontaine isn’t a particularly well-known player—he’s still under 500 followers on Twitter—he was retweeted by a teammate before deleting the offensive message, which was quickly brought to his team’s management’s attention.

He’ll miss two games, resuming play Saturday.

Fontaine’s Twitter feed since the slur is filled with apologies. His most recent post is in response to a fan who tweeted, “That’s a word that carries a lot of hate.”

“I still feel awful about it and want to apologize to everyone again. Its a word ill never use again,” Fontaine responded.

Photo from Houston Aeors

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*First Published: Feb 15, 2012, 11:47 am CST