New York Rangers investigate racial slurs directed at prospect in online chat

The New York Rangers are investigating racial slurs directed at one of their prospects, K'Andre Miller of the University of Wisconsin, in a Zoom Q&A session.

"A vile individual hijacked the chat to post racial slurs, which we disabled as soon as possible," the Rangers said in a statement Friday. "We were incredibly appalled by this behavior, which has no place online, on the ice, or anywhere, and we are investigating the matter."

The NHL called the slurs targeting the 20-year-old athlete "despicable."

"The person who committed this despicable act is in no way an NHL fan and is not welcome in the hockey community," it said. "No one deserves to be subjected to such ugly treatment and it will not be tolerated in our league. We join with the Rangers in condemning this disgusting behavior."

As the platform gains popularity amid the coronavirus crisis, a new phenomenon called “Zoom bombing,” where hackers or other individuals access and disrupt a live meeting, has become an issue of concern. According to the FBI, those cases often involve pornographic images or hate speech. 

An example occurred this week during a virtual meeting of the Heman Sweatt Center for Black Males at the University of Texas when unknown users joined the meeting and shouted racist slurs to disrupt it.

Multiple Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in New York being held through Zoom were disrupted over the past week by individuals urging the participants to drink alcohol.