Paul Bissonnette and Daniel Carcillo dropped their metaphorical gloves on Twitter on Saturday night when the former accused the latter of calling him the N-word when they were teammates in the minor leagues. He added that he knew of Carcillo wearing a swastika in the NHL.
Bissonnette's tweet laid out his history with Carcillo, who skated alongside him with the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins from 2005-07.
Remember when you used to call me a ni**er in the locker room every day in Wilkes-Barre? Remember when you had a sauwastika embroidered on a robe underneath the hood you wore in an NHL locker room until the captain found out and talked some sense into you? Welcome to the mud Dan. https://t.co/P5nTaXTMbP— Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0) February 16, 2020
This was a response to Carcillo tweeting: "Damage control after the fallout with [Jeremy] Roenick," referring to an article by The (Toronto) Globe and Mail titled "The Power of Paul Bissonnette: How a former tough guy became the most influential person in hockey."
Roenick parted ways with NBC Sports recently after being suspended for inappropriate comments he made about co-workers Kathryn Tappen, Patrick Sharp and Anson Carter while appearing on Barstool Sports' "Spittin' Chiclets" podcast, which Bissonnette co-hosts.
After Bissonnette's tweet immediately went viral, Carcillo responded by acknowledging he used the slur:
I cleaned up my side of the street Paul. I apologized to you for using that word in your direction. You accepted it months ago. And as I said before to you, the same day in an exchange of messages, I don’t know how to embroider and that never happened— Daniel Carcillo (@CarBombBoom13) February 16, 2020
Messages to follow
Bissonnette's tweet garnered a lot of reactions from other well-known hockey figures — including Roenick.
thank you for finally exposing this guy. So painful whenever the internet treats him like hockey's greatest hero.— JD Bunkis (@JDBunkis) February 16, 2020
Oh boy— Cam Janssen (@CamJanssen25) February 16, 2020