NHL calls banana throwing 'stupid and ignorant'

By the Associated Press | September 23, 2011 | 10:55 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The NHL says calls it "stupid and ignorant."

A banana was thrown from the stands in London, Ontario, on Thursday night as Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds was skating toward Detroit goalie Jordan Pearce in a shootout during an exhibition game. Simmonds is black.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman called the act "obviously stupid and ignorant" and in no way represents "our fans or the people of London, Ontario."

Simmonds scored in the shootout, and the Flyers won 4-3. He also scored with less than a minute left in the third period to make the score 3-3.