Racist taunt of K’Andre Miller the latest example of ugliness in sports, misguided fools go after DeAngelo


Unacceptable. Despicable. Disgusting. What happened on Friday afternoon to K’Andre Miller should NEVER EVER happen under any circumstances. The Rangers defense prospect experienced a racist taunt while taking part in a Q & A session with fans on Zoom.

How this was allowed to occur is beyond explanation. It’s true that things are a lot different from how they used to be due to COVID-19. Now, everything is done via remote location through social media. Unfortunately, it can be very cruel due to the filth that exists behind keyboards. These are the types of people who belong without any laptop, computer, phone or Tablet that have internet access. They are a disgrace.

It’s very sad that even in 2020, racism exists. I don’t know why. I decided against linking up the horrible taunt Miller received because I don’t want to bring attention to that awful person. I will only say that with the Rangers organization fully cooperating with the FBI, I hope they catch them and they pay the price. There is no place for such garbage.

True enough, I didn’t even find out about it right away. My mind has been elsewhere. That goes for most people due to the health risks of even going outside. So, when it was brought to my attention, I had to do a search on Twitter. It quickly came up to my disgust.

It’s embarrassing for the Rangers and hockey. It took the organization a while to make a statement regarding what happened. They came under criticism from irate fans. Maybe it’s not so easy for the people who run the social media account to respond immediately. This wasn’t your normal situation. It’s hard to fathom.

What is disturbing aside from how that idiot got past moderation is how misguided some fans are. They started going after Tony DeAngelo as if he had something to do with it. You have to be a complete moron to think such nonsense. This is all due to how bad things have become. Political beliefs are the root of the problem. I don’t care what side a player is on as long as they contribute to my team and stay out of trouble.

DeAngelo has been one of the best Blueshirts this season. If they don’t play again, which is becoming a likely scenario, he had the best season by a Ranger defenseman since Brian Leetch. Yet some fools don’t want him on the team. He is very active on Twitter and opinionated. I’ve never seen him tweet one bad thing that went too far. Unlike a former ESPN Sports Center anchor, who made a ridiculous comment about Patriots owner Robert Kraft after he helped deliver 300,000 protective masks to New York.

That kind gesture deserves praise. Not criticism from a person who pushes the political envelope too much. At this critical moment, it doesn’t matter where you stand. We need to come together and unite as one to defeat this deadly Coronavirus. It’s costing many lives here locally and affecting everyone. Essential workers deserve every accolade for how they’ve handled a difficult situation.

As someone who is in the middle, I realize what’s important. That’s making sure my family and inner circle of friends are alright. It’s also being responsible when I go out. Avoiding crowds and being careful what I touch. Of course, coming home and cleaning up well. Too many people aren’t listening. They’re putting themselves and others at risk of spreading this deadly disease. This is SERIOUS.

Ignorance seems to be the word of the day. Whether it’s racism or political crap, neither belongs in any setting. Respect should be a two-way street. If anything good comes out of this, it should be treating each other better. Being polite counts for something. Having good manners shouldn’t be taken for granted.

There’s far too much hate in the world. Right now, that should stop. K’Andre Miller deserves better. So does every victim of such despicable acts. It’s nice to know that future teammates Jacob Trouba, Ryan Strome and DeAngelo have his back.

As they each pointed out, this team sticks together and are a family. That’s how it should be. That’s why the nonsense from foolish fans and misguided blogs that are pushing the anti DeAngelo movement deserve to have no team to root for. They should be punished by MSG.

You don’t have to like a player totally. Sean Avery and Donald Brashear come to mind. However, it’s what’s on the front of the jersey that matters most. Not the back. They wear the Rangers logo and represent the team. It’s time for the divisiveness to end.

Treat all our players with respect. Or don’t be a fan.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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