Flames investigating head coach Bill Peters’ alleged use of racial slur

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  • Former NHLer Akim Aliu accused current Calgary coach of racist act in series of tweets
  • In a series of tweets Monday, former NHL defenceman Akim Aliu accused current Flames head coach Bill Peters of directing racial slurs at him while both were with AHL Rockford in 2009-10.

“Not very surprising the things we’re hearing about Babcock. Apple doesn’t fall far from the Tree, same sort of deal with his protege in YYC,” the Nigerian-born Aliu, 30, tweeted. “Dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room in my rookie year because he didn’t like my choice of music”

  • Calgary GM Brad Treliving responded to the accusation following the Flames’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Penguins.

“During tonight’s game, I was made aware of a tweet from former player Akim Aliu and obviously we are playing so I haven’t had a chance to sit down with Bill or our people internally to talk about this and get to the bottom of it,” Treliving said.

“I would say we take these matters, very, very seriously. And so until such time as we have a chance to speak about it internally, we obviously wanted to address [the media], we’re aware of it.”

“Like I said, I haven’t had a chance to talk to Bill. I will be doing that and until such time we won’t have any further comment about it, but we will address it and get back to you people once we have a chance to speak internally.”

Sources & Credits: CBC Sports
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