Torres takes flak for 'racist' Halloween costume

Coyotes forward Raffi Torres and his wife in costume and makeup as Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles,...

Coyotes forward Raffi Torres and his wife in costume and makeup as Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles, respectively, during a Halloween party. (@BizNasty2point0)

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, Last Updated: 5:38 AM ET

Phoenix Coyotes enforcer Paul Bissonnette and his tweeting ways may have landed one of his teammates in hot water.

During a Halloween party held for members of the Coyotes, Bissonnette posted a photo of a costumed Raffi Torres, along Torres's wife, to his followers on Twitter. Torres was dressed as Jay-Z and his wife as Beyonce Knowles. Both of them were in blackface.

Blackface is a style of makeup used for imitating a black person. It has a history of being used in forms of entertainment based on racist stereotypes.

The photo quickly spread, sparking outrage amongst fans. Bissonnette later defended his teammate.

"As far as everyone trying to call 'racism' because Raffi dressed up like Jay-Z can simmer down," Bissonnette tweeted. "He's a huge Jay-Z fan."

In his 10-year NHL career, Torres has also played for the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks.


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