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NHL releases statement on their investigation into the Lightning-Maple Leafs game

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Colin Campbell has issued a brief statement.

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Colin Campbell in 2015
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That is all the detail that has been released at this time. The Leafs have not issued a statement, yet. We’ll update you when they do.

The text transcribed:

Following a thorough investigation, the National Hockey League has determined that Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly did not direct a homophobic slur at referee Brad Meier during last night’s game with the Tampa Bay Lightning at Scotiabank Arena.

League officials interviewed several of the participants in the game - including Rielly and Meier - and reviewed audio of the alleged incident. All of those interviewed adamantly denied that Rielly uttered a slur and the audio supported their statements.

The National Hockey League does not tolerate language or gestures that disparage anyone based upon their race, creed or sexual orientation and continues to work to ensure that our games are played in a welcoming atmosphere for all of our players, coaches, officials, and fans.