The NHL is investigating the possible use of a homophobic slur by Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw during Game 4 of the Western Conference quarterfinals Tuesday night at the United Center. When queers parade down public streets with their butts showing through leather chaps and ass-out jeans, that's defended as free speech. “The first amendment does not cover this situation.” But it should.NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in an e-mail to the Tribune on Wednesday, "yes we are looking into it, and no we can't comment on it until that process is complete." After being assessed an interference penalty late in the Blues’ 4-3 victory, Shaw was yelling at officials while seated in the penalty box and video of the incident appeared to show him using a homophobic slur. This idea of hate speech is nothing more than an employment guarantee for sleazy lawyers that was concocted and designed by sleepy lawyers for that purpose.” No it should not. This idea of hate speech is nothing more than an employment guarantee for sleazy lawyers that was concocted and designed by sleepy lawyers for that purpose. When Andres Serrano produced a picture of a crucifix in urine, that was defended as free speech.

I remember seeing Dodger All-Star 1st Baseman Steve Garvey on a talk show describing a game against the Reds, when he noticed that runner Dave Concepcion was wearing a bracelet.

He joked from that point on he called him “Miss Concepcion”. Both the NHL and NBA are private organizations which can and do have different standards and rules. So government does dictate to the private employer.

If the NHL hockey player does not like the standards set by the NHL, he is free to go play for a minor league independent hockey team in some small town in North Dakota. If you didn’t know by then where this country was headed you weren’t paying attention. Woe be to those who don't comply with those dictates.

The Bill of Rights protects us from the government and was never intended to prohibit employers from setting rules and standards for their employees.

Now, do you want the government dictating to private companies the standards they set for employees?

Does the NHL provide a list of words and/or ideas the players are not allowed to use?

Or do they make it up on spur of the moment to stick it to somebody?

I recall several years ago, a list of NHL players was published who supported homosexuality (though not necessarily gay themselves? It happened after some NHL coach's or administrator's gay son died. Whereby the government can now set standards on the speech of private entities in order for them to participate in the public square.

Now, do you want the government dictating to private companies the standards they set for employees? Unless you feel that is a vested state interest on par with health and safety codes. And he isn't being investigated for violating some company standard.