Calgary Flames Head Coach Issues Apology

Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters has apologized to his team’s general manager in a letter last night. (posted below) It comes a day after a former player alleged Peters directed racist comments at him when they were both in the minors 10 years ago. His letter to the Flames G.M. admitted he used “offensive language.” Peters called it an isolated and immediately regrettable incident that doesn’t reflect his values.

The Canadian Press

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Here is the apology:

To: Brad Treliving, GM

November 27, 2019

Brad: Please accept this as a sincere apology to you, and the entire Calgary Flames organization, for offensive language I used in a professional setting a decade ago. I know that my comments have been the source of both anger and disappointment, and I understand why. 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. After the incident, I was rightfully challenged about my use of language, and I immediately returned to the dressing room to apologize to the team.

I have regretted the incident since it happened, and I now also apologize to anyone negatively affected by my words.

I am aware that there is no excuse for language that is offensive. I meant no disrespect in what I said, and it was not directed at anyone in particular. But, that doesn’t matter; it was hurtful and demeaning. I am truly sorry.

I accept the reality of my actions. I do believe that we must strive to act with integrity, and to take accountability for what we say and do. This letter is intended to do exactly that; I hope it is accepted as intended.

I appreciate the thorough review of this situation being undertaken by the Flames. It’s the right thing to do, and I support it fully.

Bill Peters


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