Calgary Flames Coach Bill Peters Quits After Allegations That He Called a Nigerian-Born Player ‘Nigger’ a Decade Ago

FILE – In this April 23, 2018, file photo, new Calgary Flames NHL hockey team head coach Bill Peters speaks to the media in Calgary, Alberta. Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving said the team is looking into an accusation that head coach Bill Peters directed racial slurs toward a Nigerian-born hockey player a decade ago in the minor leagues, then arranged for the player’s demotion when he complained. Akim Aliu tweeted Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, that Peters “dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room in my rookie year because he didn’t like my choice of music.” (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Bill Peters resigned as coach of the Calgary Flames after it was disclosed he directed racist slurs at a Nigerian-born player in the minors a decade ago and kicked and punched players behind the bench during his recent time with Carolina.

Flames General Manager Brad Treliving said he received a resignation letter from Peters on Friday that wraps up a weeklong investigation into the veteran coach’s behavior.

He refused to discuss whether Peters would continue to be paid, saying only, ‘He’s no longer with the organization.’

‘We consider the matter closed,’ Treliving said at a news conference in Calgary, Alberta.

‘It’s been a difficult time. But we are going to move forward.’

Peters did not immediately respond to a text. He was in the second season of a three-year contract.

Assistant Geoff Ward takes over as interim coach with the Flames 12-12-4 and in ninth place in the Western Conference.

Peters has not been on the ice or behind the bench with his team since former player Akim Aliu leveled the accusations of racist slurs Monday night on Twitter.

Treliving said he had been in communication with the NHL this week.

The league said Friday its review is ongoing and is scheduled to meet with Aliu and others in the coming days.

Peters went from helping the Flames win 50 games and the Pacific Division title in his first season to perhaps having his career and future in the sport come to an abrupt end over questions about his coaching methods.

Asked if he thought Peters would coach hockey again, Treliving said he´d rather not speculate.

The allegations about Peters began during Calgary’s 2-1 overtime loss at Pittsburgh on Monday.

Aliu alleged Peters ‘dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room in my rookie year because he didn’t like my choice of music.’

It happened during the 2009-10 season while the two were with the Chicago Blackhawks’ top minor league affiliate in Rockford, Illinois.

‘That type of behavior just has no place,’ Treliving said Friday.

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Source: Daily Mail