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Predator star Subban inspires black youth player facing racial taunts

Predator star Subban inspires black youth player facing racial taunts
Published On: Wed, Jan 09
Feb 25, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) is congratulated for scoring during the second period against the Nashville Predator at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Cornett says his son Ty, a 13-year-old hockey player, has watched the video a€œabout a thousand times.a€

When the NHL All-Star P.K. Subban heard from the father of one of Cornetta€™s teammates on the Plymouth Sting that Ty, who is black, has encountered a lot of racial harassment playing hockey, Subban made a video.

Subban made it Friday, standing behind the bench in Little Caesars Arena before the game between Predators and the Red Wings.

a€œTy, this is P.K. Subban, here, with the Nashville Predators,a€ said Subban, whoA also is black. a€œI heard a little bit about you, and what youa€™re going through.

a€œI can tell you this, right now, that as long as youa€™re still breathing in this world youa€™ve got to believe in yourself and let nobody tell you what you can and cana€™t do, especially ita€™s because of the color of your skin.a€

When Ty saw the video, his father said, a€œI dona€™t think anything could have affected him the way that it did.

a€œHe went to his game that night and he gave me the biggest hug and he said, a€˜Dad, Ia€™m going to score a goal for you.a€™

a€œHea€™s like a new kid!a€

Cornetta€™s father said that since 2010, but especially in the last two years, his son has facedA myriad instances of intolerance, the sort of baldly ignorant notions about people of African descent that seem beyond belief.

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