Agent calls Torres costume 'harmless'

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: 8:04 PM ET

Phoenix Coyotes winger Raffi Torres's decision to dress up for Halloween as Jay-Z, complete with brown makeup, has been called "harmless" by his agent.

Torres has taken plenty of heat for attending a team Halloween party dressed as the rapper -- the NHLer's wife, also in makeup, went as singer Beyonce Knowles -- but his agent, Eustace King, told TSN that anyone offended needs to "relax" and consider the circumstances.

"Raffi's outfit was harmless," King, who is black, told TSN. "It's Halloween. People need to relax, enjoy spirit of holiday."

The Coyotes also defended Torres, ripping the media for making it a story in the first place.

"There was absolutely nothing racist about Raffi and his wife's costumes," the Coyotes' statement said. "Raffi is a huge fan of Jay-Z and his wife loves Beyonce. It was a Halloween party. The fact that this was reported is ridiculous. We will have no further comment."

A photo of Torres and his wife in constume was posted on Twitter by Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette, who tweets as BizNasty2point0. Bissonnette later tweeted his defence of Torres.

"As far as everyone trying to call 'Racism' because Raffi dressed up like Jay-Z can simmer down. He's a huge Jay-Z fan.," Bissonnette said on his Twitter account.

Two years ago Patrick Kane and Adam Burish, both then with the Chicago Blackhawks, were criticized for attending a Halloween party dressed as former Chicago Bulls players Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen, both of whom are black.


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