Bill Peters, Calgary Flames head coach is currently under investigation for allegedly commenting racial slurs towards former player Akim Aliu. From 2012-2013, Aliu played seven games for the Calgary Flames and on Monday he made an allegation on social media saying Peters has made racial slurs at him – though he did not clearly state his name on the tweet. His tweet stated: “Not very surprising the things we’re hearing about Babcock. Apple doesn’t fall far from the Tree, same sort of deal with the protege in YYC. 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.”
Aliu mentioned that this was during his rookie year when he played in the American Hockey League for the Rockford IceHogs. Aliu told TSN that Peters walked in one morning before a pre-game skate and told him to stop playing his choice of hip-hop music, mentioning the racial slur in his dialogue. He then walked out as if nothing happened and it went dead silent. Aliu couldn’t say a word.
Brad Treliving, Flames’ general manager responded to the allegations on Monday and this morning as well. Treliving said, “We hope to have this completed quickly, but it’s got to be done correctly, and I’m not about to comment on anything halfway through or give tidbits or give soundbites at this point other than to say the serious nature of this is not lost on us.” Treliving said he has spoken with both Peters and Aliu and he said, “We take it with extreme seriousness and until such time as I can personally talk to all parties involved, we’re not going to comment.”
Aliu added on Twitter: “First one to…admit I rebelled against him. Wouldn’t you? And instead of remedying the situation, he wrote a letter to John McDonough and Stan Bowman to have me sent down to the ECHL. 20 year old on pace for 20 goals in his first pro year with zero PP/PK time was off to a great start in his pro career.”