Rangers Prospect K’Andre Miller Faces Racial Abuse in a Team Video Chat

Written by on April 3, 2020

Okay’Andre Miller, a prime prospect for the Rangers, was repeatedly subjected to a racial slur when a team-sponsored on-line video chat was hacked on Friday.

Miller, who’s African-American, appeared on the videoconferencing app Zoom, which allowed questions from followers. The N.H.L. has been shut down since March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Miller, 20, was chosen 22nd over all by the Rangers within the 2018 draft, and he has performed the previous two seasons for the College of Wisconsin. The 6-foot-Four defenseman, a local of St. Paul, Minn., signed an entry-level contract with the Rangers final month.

Throughout the question-and-answer session, the slur was repeatedly typed out on the chat display screen. In statements issued later, the Rangers and the N.H.L. condemned the hacker’s feedback, and the workforce mentioned it was investigating the matter.

“We held an internet video chat with followers and New York Rangers prospect Okay’Andre Miller, throughout which a vile particular person hijacked the chat to put up racial slurs, which we disabled as quickly as doable,’’ the Rangers mentioned on Twitter. “We had been extremely appalled by this habits, which has no place on-line, on the ice, or anyplace.”

U.S.A. Hockey also tweeted in help of Miller, calling him “an unimaginable chief, teammate, pal & particular person. Racial & derogatory slurs have completely no place within the recreation or society.” And not less than three Rangers — Jacob Trouba, Ryan Strome and Tony DeAngelo — expressed comparable sentiments on-line.

“I sit up for having you as a teammate,” Trouba wrote.

Communication by way of Zoom and different teleconferencing strategies — which have changed face-to-face contact amid the coronavirus surge — has led to many other incidents of abusive hacking which can be garnering consideration from the F.B.I.

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