Peters resigns as Flames coach after racism allegation

By Sports Desk November 29, 2019

Bill Peters has resigned as the Calgary Flames coach following an accusation he racially abused one of his former players a decade ago.

Earlier this week Nigerian-born Akim Aliu, who previously played for the Flames in the NHL, claimed Peters "dropped the N bomb several times towards me" when he was a minor league player "because he didn't like my choice of music".

The NHL released a statement calling the alleged comments "repugnant and unacceptable" and the Flames launched an investigation.

On Wednesday, TSN published a letter from Peters to Flames general manager Brad Treliving in which the coach apologised for "offensive language I used in a professional setting a decade ago".

In the letter, he also wrote: "Although it was an isolated and immediately regrettable incident, I take responsibility for what I said. The statement was made in a moment of frustration and does not reflect my personal values."

Aliu later called that letter "misleading, insincere and concerning".

Treliving conducted a press conference on Friday in which he revealed Peters, Calgary's coach since April 2018, had vacated his post.

"This morning I received a letter of resignation from Bill Peters, which I accepted," Treliving said.

"Effective immediately, Bill Peters is no longer a member of the Calgary Flames organisation."

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