Jonathan Diaby of the Marquis de Jonquière, a Quebec-based, semi-pro independent hockey league, attempted to jump the penalty box to attack a spectator.
In a video shared on YouTube, the 24-year-old defenceman can be seen swinging at a fan in Laval, the home arena of the Pétroliers du Nord. Both teams are part of the Ligue nord-américaine de hockey (LNAH)
The altercation began as soon as Diaby was sent to the penalty box.
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Last February, Diaby was serving a penalty in a game against the Pétroliers du Nord, when a spectator began shouting racist insults towards him. The harassing fan leaned over the sides of the penalty box and began waving his hands towards the black hockey player, mimicking a gorilla.
At this point, it’s not known if Diaby’s attack from the penalty box was brought on by any racist remarks.
“The committed act discredits the image of the LNAH,” said the league in a French statement. “We all want the league to maintain high standards and this type of behaviour and notoriety increases a bad image of the league. The LNAH will never condone this type of behaviour.”