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Blackhawks Fans Ejected For Alleged Racist Taunts At Opposing Player

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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 21: Pucks sit on the ice during warmups prior to the game between Team Sweden and Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey tournament at the Air Canada Centre on September 21, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Multiple fans were ejected at tonight's Blackhawks-Capitals game in Chicago. They were allegedly ejected for racist taunts.

Four fans at the United Center allegedly taunted Washington winger Devante Smith-Pelly when he went into the penalty box. They were allegedly chanting "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him.

Smith-Pelly got into a fight with Chicago's Connor Murphy in the third period of tonight's game. The incident led to Smith-Pelly ending up in the penalty box.

The Washington forward got visibly angry at some Blackhawks fans sitting near the penalty box. He appeared to alert the in-arena officials about what was being said.

Now, we appear to know what happened. The Washington Post's Isabelle Khurshudyan has the details

Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly went to the penalty box 8:36 into the third period on Saturday night at United Center, and four fans sitting nearby yelled “basketball, basketball, basketball” at him, according to a team spokesman. Smith-Pelly is black.

Smith-Pelly reacted, and an off-ice official sitting next to him in the penalty box notified building security. The fans were kicked out of the arena. Smith-Pelly didn’t speak with reporters after Washington’s 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz was understandably furious after the game. He says it's "disgusting."

The Capitals lost tonight's game, 7-1.