Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 10/31/11

PHILADELPHIA - JANUARY 19: Raffi Torres #14 of the Columbus Blue Jackets stretches prior to his game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center on January 19, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres is being criticized for wearing blackface while dressed as rapper Jay-Z at a Halloween party. Torres and his wife starting drawing the ire of fans and some media after teammate Paul Bissonnette posted a photo on Twitter of the couple dressed up as Jay-Z and singer Beyonce Knowles, with both wearing blackface to a party Sunday night. The Coyotes released a statement on Monday saying the costumes were not racist and that Torres and his wife wore them because they're big fans of the entertainers. Torres is in his first season with Phoenix after signing as a free agent.
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