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Published September 27, 2011
HARSH WORDS: In N.Y., Jeff Klein notes Flyers RW Wayne Simmonds "apparently directed a homophobic epithet" at Rangers LW Sean Avery during the first period of a preseason game yesterday. Simmonds "seemed to make the comment to Avery" on television and video replays, and Avery after the game confirmed that Simmonds "had used a slur and denied saying anything to warrant it." Avery: "To be here now and to have to answer questions about what he did is disappointing for me, disappointing for him. [Lakers G] Kobe Bryant got fined a hundred grand. It's an issue people are dealing with and trying to overcome. Ten years ago, maybe it wasn't so much of an issue, but it's certainly an issue politically, with people in the game, and just in life in general." Simmonds said, "I don't recall every single word I said to him" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/27).