The NHL and the St. Louis Police Department are investigating threats against Nazem Kadri

The NHL has announced that the Saint Louis Police Department is investigating threats made against Colorado Avalanche’s Nazem Kadri.

Kadri has been the subject of racist messages on social media since she was involved in a collision with Blues goalkeeper Jordan Binnington, who is sidelined for the remainder of the series following the incident.

Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly emailed The Associated Press that the league and police are investigating the situation.

The team said Sunday night that they were aware of the threats against Kadri and were working with local law enforcement to investigate.

Kadri collided with Binnington in Game 3 of the second round series on Saturday night. He mentioned that a blues player threw a water bottle at him during a post-game interview.

The AP has verified the existence of Twitter messages sent to the Avalanche’s official account and to Kadri’s account, calling him a “pathetic Arab” and making reference to terrorism. Other messages, some of which have since been deleted, contained death threats. However, one was online hours before Game 4 in St. Louis. The Avalanche lead the series 2-1.

It was unclear if the social media posts were being investigated by the league, team or police, or if other threats were made against Kadri, who is of Lebanese origin.

“We take threats against any of our players or other club staff seriously,” said Daly. We are in contact with the St. Louis Police Department who are enforcing tighter security measures at both the amphitheater and the hotel. »

Former NHL player Akim Aliu clarified via text message that he was in constant communication with Kadri, adding, “All we can really do is give him moral support. »

“Naz has been the subject of so many racist attacks and threats since last night that the police had to intervene,” Nigerian Aliu tweeted. Racist abuse like this has no place in hockey and should be investigated and reported. »

Aliu and Kadri are members of the Alliance for Diversity in Hockey, which works to eliminate systemic racism and intolerance in hockey and help make the sport more accessible to minorities and disadvantaged youth.

The NHL has several security measures in place including club staff and additional services provided by the home team who are in constant communication with league security. This department is active in such situations and can cooperate with law enforcement when necessary.

The league, with support from the NHL Players Association, has established a confidential hotline for players to report harassment, discrimination or other serious misconduct. It is operated by a third party, with the ability to report anonymously or not via phone, email or online.

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