Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Wayne Simmonds, like many of his NHL compatriots, has taken his game overseas during the NHL lockout. But unlike many of the other players in Europe, Simmonds has had to deal with abuse from the fans as well as opposing players. The Flyers forward, who is now playing for Liberec in the Czech Republic's Extraliga, got into a fight during the team's game with Chomutov on Sunday. After the fight, some fans of the home team started chanting "opice" at Simmonds -- a word that translates to "monkey," according to Yahoo!'s Puck Daddy. This comes a little over a year after a fan threw a banana peel onto the ice during a preseason game in Canada while Simmonds was skating in for a penalty shot. Having played hockey his entire life, Simmonds has dealt with situations like this in the past and has learned to deal with them. "When you're a black man playing in a predominantly white man's sport, you've got to come to expect things like that," Simmonds told the Philadelphia Daily News after the incident in Canada. "Over the past 23 years of my life, I've come to expect some things like that. But I'm older and more mature now, I kind of just let things roll off [my back]. I try not to think about stuff like that." Following the game on Sunday, Chomutov released a statement in which they condemned the actions of those fans, apologized Simmonds and urged those fans to stay away from Chomutov games in the future. Additionally, the club sent an official letter of apology to Simmonds on Monday. Puck Daddy has reached out to Simmonds but he is yet to comment on the situation. Photo courtesy of Facebook/Piráti Chomutov
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Padres join major players in pursuit of Sandoval

Derek Carr on Raiders getting first win: 'I like this feeling'

Miss. St. pulls QB's scholarship offer 15 days before graduation

Patriots have best odds to win Super Bowl, say experts

Canseco's finger falling off apparently was a bad prank

Peterson speaks out, doesn't want to be compared to Ray Rice

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

DeSean Jackson won't reveal target of cryptic Instagram post

LeBron: Teaching Cavs bigger challenge than winning first ring

Darrelle Revis on Calvin Johnson: 'A man among boys'

NFLPA appeals Adrian Peterson suspension as 'unlawful'

Jets-Bills game won't be played in Buffalo on Sunday

LeGarrette Blount apologizes to former teammates, fans

Golic recreates Kim Kardashian butt pic after losing bet

Five bold predictions for Week 12 in the NFL

Brian Cashman spends night sleeping on street for charity

10 NFL rising stars vital to their teams’ postseason hopes

With Raiders win, NFL's 'Circle of Parity' is complete

WATCH: Sack celebration nearly costs Raiders their first win

The best potential values of the MLB offseason

Shantel Jackson covers up Floyd Mayweather tattoo

Oscar Taveras' family thanking fans via his Twitter account

Just how much trouble are the Oklahoma City Thunder in?

The 10 best college running backs of all-time

Paul George interning with Pacers PR Dept. while injured

Flyers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Report: Padres join hunt for Sandoval

Golic recreates Kardashian butt pic

Adrian Peterson speaks out

NFLPA appeals Peterson suspension

10 best college running backs ever

DeSean Jackson mum on cryptic post

Revis on Johnson: 'A man among boys'

LeBron on challenge of leading Cavaliers

LeGarrette Blount issues apology

Ex-NFLer delivers own baby on farm

FSU student: Books stopped bullet

Phelps' alleged GF born a man?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.