Bill Peters is a goner.
The Flames fired their head coach Friday in the wake of allegations that he verbally and physically abused his players in prior jobs before arriving in Calgary.
In a letter of apology he issued Wednesday, Peters admitted using offensive language while talking to a Nigerian-born player in the minors 10 years ago. Akim Aliu brought the damaging comments to light this week when he revealed Peters directed the n-word toward him multiple times.
“He walked in before a morning pre-game skate and said, ‘Hey, Akim, I’m sick of you playing that n—– s—,’” Aliu told TSN, referring to locker room music. “He said, ‘I’m sick of hearing this n—–s f—— other n—–s in the ass stuff.’”
Teammates of Aliu confirmed the alleged incident, though Peters since claimed it was an “isolated” episode.
On the same day Peters issued an apology, another former player alleged that Peters punching and kicking players from behind the bench when he was with the Hurricanes.
The allegations prompted Flames general manager Brad Treliving to initiate an investigation into Peters’ past, which ended Friday in his firing.
“This investigation we’re doing, I know everyone wants this done immediately and the world we live in is immediate,” Treliving said earlier this week. “I hope you can appreciate we’re trying to do everything we possibly can to make sure we get it right and get all the information that needs to be gotten.”
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