Agent: Barch will be cleared of 'slur'
|Panthers forward Krys Barch throws Rangers forward Brandon Prust to the ice at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., Dec. 11, 2011. (MIKE STOBE/Getty Images/AFP)
Krys Barch's agent says his client will be cleared of allegedly using a racial slur.
The Florida Panthers forward is alleged to have directed the slur at Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban at the end of the first period Saturday in Miami. According to the Miami Herald, linesman Darren Gibbs heard Barch's comments, which he believed were racial, and tossed him from the game.
Barch didn't talk to the media after the game but his agent, Scott Norton, tweeted about it, professing the player's innocence.
"Krys' commentary to me is that he did say something," Norton later told the Herald. "At the end of the day, we're confident there will be no further punishment and he will be cleared of wrong doing and his name will be cleared. Krys is a family man with kids, his whole family is in Canada and are hearing this everywhere. It's tough on all of them.
"He hopes there is an understanding that there was no ill intent on his part. It was a misunderstanding. He wants his record to be clean when all this is over."
NHL vice-president Colin Campbell is investigating the alleged slur, which Subban says he didn't hear.