TORONTO — Nashville Predators star P.Ok. Subban has reached out to a teenage hockey player facing racial abuse.
The defenseman recorded a video and texted it final week to Ty Cornett, a 13-year-old Detroit-area hockey player.
Cornett’s father, Matthew Cornett, shared the video, which was recorded in Detroit throughout the Predators’ go to to town final week, on Reddit.
“I can let you know this proper now: So long as you are still respiratory on this world, you’ve got acquired to consider in your self and let no person let you know what you possibly can and might’t do. Particularly if it is as a result of of the colour of your pores and skin,” stated Subban, who’s black and was born in Toronto and beforehand starred with the Montreal Canadiens.
“On this world, some issues occur that we do not actually perceive. That is OK. We do not have to perceive them. All we’d like to do is perceive ourselves, consider in ourselves, maintain attempting and maintain pushing ahead.
“I simply need to let you know that once you’re enjoying hockey, you play since you love the sport and also you need to play. Let no person take that away from you.”
Matthew Cornett says Ty had requested for a Subban Canadiens jersey when he was 6 and wears the identical No. 76 because the player.
“This 12 months has been robust,” Matthew Cornett wrote. “My son could be very aggressive and loud, in order that brings out the trash discuss. I’ve no downside with trash speaking in any respect (half of the game), however the racist discuss wants to cease. Between the N-word being thrown at him again and again, being known as monkey by gamers and oldsters, having a complete crew beat their chests and act like gorillas at any time when he touched the puck.
“This video meant extra to my household than something. I believe my son has watched it over 500 occasions (no joke).”