Remove Tony DeAngelo from the NHL

Remove Tony DeAngelo from the NHL

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Anthony “Tony” DeAngelo, a defensemen for the New York Rangers should no longer be allowed to play in the NHL. In the past, he was suspended from 8 minor hockey league games (with the Sarina Sting) for making an inappropriate statement towards a teammate that violated the Ontario’s Hockey League’s (OHL) Abuse/Diversity policy and he had previously violated this policy before during his time in the minor leagues. He has liked several tweets that are racist, that downplay the current COVID-19 pandemic, some conservative extremist tweets and also shared tweets that promote the false and dangerous theory that the 2020 US Presidential Election was rigged. As of January 8, 2021, DeAngelo deactivated his Twitter account and encouraged his followers to join him to engage with the harmful and dangerous rhetoric shared on Parler, an app that is known as a breeding ground for white supremacists, far-right propaganda and disturbing conspiracy theories. 
As a fan of color, it deeply disturbs me that both the NHL and the NYR are allowing DeAngelo to remain on their payroll and profiting off of him. DeAngelo’s actions and beliefs reflect a dangerous ideology and do not reflect the philosophy that “Hockey Is For Everyone”. Paying him and allowing him to still play games in the upcoming 2020-2021 season is upsetting and he should not continue to be rewarded with the opportunity to play hockey at the highest level. DeAngelo’s continued presence creates an unsafe environment in the league and the NHL needs to stop tolerating his harmful behavior. Keeping DeAngelo around in the NHL contributes to, promotes, and upholds a very toxic ideology and culture. Enough is enough. I call on the NHL, Commissioner Gary Bettman, the New York Rangers, NYR General Manager Jeff Gorton, and NYR Head Coach David Quinn to formerly investigate and remove Tony DeAngelo from their team and from the league all together. 

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