New York Rangers Prospect K’Andre Miller Subject to Racial Slurs During Video Q&A
K'Andre Miller was harassed by a hacker spamming racial slurs in the chat of a video call
As sports leagues shut down all over the world, teams are getting creative with how they continue to interact with fans. Unfortunately, during a Zoom video Q&A with fans, New York Rangers prospect K’Andre Miller was subjected to racial abuse as a hacker took over the chat and spammed the 20-year-old defender with slurs.
Per The New York Times, both the Rangers and the NHL quickly issued statements in support of Miller, who was selected with the 22nd pick in the 2018 draft.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) April 3, 2020
Statement from the National Hockey League: pic.twitter.com/ykOTlDas6u
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 3, 2020
Rangers players also stated their unwavering support for their teammate on Twitter. The hacker was swiftly banned, though not before the damage was done in the chat. Miller, who just signed an entry-level contract with the Rangers after playing the past two seasons with the University of Wisconsin, has not released a public statement about the harassment.
This isn’t the first time a Zoom call has been hijacked with harassment; a separate New York Times report even stated that the F.B.I. has begun investigating the “weaponization” of Zoom, which has become the standard video-conferencing app during the coronavirus pandemic, despite concerns about privacy on the platform.
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