Following the Red Wings’ 3-1 win over the Canucks on Saturday, Filip Zadina spoke to the media. Asked about a hit he took in the third period, he used a derogatory slur to describe the player who hit him, Conor Garland.
“I’m OK. I chased the puck and was reaching for the puck and just, I dunno, reverse hit me I guess. I mean, you know, like the m—t like he is. It’s pretty normal he does reverse hit because I don’t think he’s strong enough to just battle me in the corner like 1-on-1. He just do that stupid hit. It is what it is,” he said.
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Zadina scored the eventual game-winner in the second period less than two minutes after Garland had tied things up in the second. In the final frame, the two went for a puck in the corner and Zadina, who was outstretched to chip the puck, took a reverse hit by the Canucks forward. Garland was assessed a minor for an illegal check to the head. The players on the ice also came together and the Canucks’ Bo Horvat and Red Wings’ Filip Hronek and Michael Rasmussen got roughing minors.
According to the organization, Little People of America, m—t is a derogatory slur. In 2014, the organization released a statement regarding Bengals coach Marvin Lewis calling Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel the m-word.
“The word ‘m—t’ is considered by Little People of America to be an antiquated slang term and is most often used in a derogatory manner toward a shorter than average person, or specifically, a person with a diagnosable skeletal dysplasia or medical condition,” the statement read.
“The word ‘m—t’ has been sometimes used to refer to people of short stature, but is now considered to be a slur by the majority of the members of our community. Many feel that the term dehumanizes and objectifies those with dwarfism. LPA has been actively working to get the word taken out of society’s vernacular, where it is often used carelessly and without regard to who else it may affect.”