An unidentified hockey fan was spotted in the stands wearing blackface and the jersey of Canada's P.K. Subban during the Sochi Olympics on Wednesday. Subban, 24, is of Jamaican and Canadian descent and a standout defenseman for the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL. The fan, seemingly supporting Subban and the Canadian team, was noticed by Ben Rothenberg, a contributing writer for The New York Times, at the Bolshoy Ice Dome with Canada facing Latvia in the quarterfinals of the Olympic men's hockey tournament.
WARNING: Explicit Language Used In Tweet
Rothenberg initially tweeted about spotting the person in the stands with the hashtag #WTF. He then followed up approximately 10 minutes later with another tweet that included a photograph and some explicit language.
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) February 19, 2014
QMI Agency photographer Ben Pelosse also captured an image of a white fan wearing blackface at the game. As noted by the Calgary Sun, fans of Subban have previously attended games in blackface. In 2010, a pair of Canadiens fans attended a game wearing Subban shirts and blackface.