Christopher Moorhouse, a Detroit Red Wings fan plead guilty to engaging in a prohibited activity and was fined $200 for throwing a banana at an African American hockey player during a game in London, Ontario.
In a pre-season game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Philadelphia Flyers, Moorhouse threw a banana at Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds, while Simmonds was trying to score.
The New York Daily News reports:
Moorhouse, who was charged with engaging in a prohibited activity, could have been hit with a more serious offense or even a hate crime.
“You have to demonstrate and be motivated by hatred,” London police chief Brad Duncan told reporters not long after the game. “Although the banana did hit the ice, it did not interfere with the play so it didn’t meet the mischief threshold.”