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Tuesday, February 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Simmonds gets attention again

PHILADELPHIA – Rangers forward Sean Avery says Wayne Simmonds of Philadelphia uttered a homophobic slur at him on the ice.

Avery told Simmonds made the remark during the first period of Philadelphia’s 5-3 preseason win over New York on Monday night. reported a video replay showed Simmonds issuing the epithet.

Last week, Simmonds, who is black, was involved in a controversy when someone threw a banana on the ice from the stands as he was taking a shootout attempt during a game in London, Ontario.

Simmonds, who says Avery sucker-punched him Monday, didn’t deny after the game making the comment.

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