Blame the NHL’s labour woes – as well as poor judgment.
Had it not been for the current lockout, Toronto Maple Leafs centre Tyler Bozak might have been resting – maybe celebrating – after meeting the Anaheim Ducks at the Air Canada Centre Tuesday night.
Instead, the 26-year-old from Regina, Sask., became the subject of heated social media talk after a tweet from his personal Twitter account appeared to show a picture of himself in blackface, posing as former pop star Michael Jackson while grabbing himself.
Although he promptly removed the tweet the photo was captured by a number of followers, who prominently displayed the image for all to see, leading Bozak to comment on the accompanying backlash that ensued.
That's a tribute to one of my fave artists. For anyone saying its racist is crazy!— Tyler Bozak (@Bozie42) October 31, 2012
Bozak must not have been paying attention last Halloween when a tweet from Phoenix Coyotes enforcer Paul Bissonnette attracted loads of publicity after it showed teammate Raffi Torres in blackface at a team party.
Dressed as Jay-Z and the rapper’s wife, Beyonce Knowles, Torres and his wife dealt with significant backlash following the matter.
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.
In three season with the Leafs Bozak has 106 points in 192 games. He agreed to a two-year extension with Toronto last summer.