NHL Hit With New Retaliation Suit From Ex-Tampa Officials

By Rachel Scharf (January 10, 2022, 5:48 PM EST) -- Two former Tampa Bay Lightning off-ice officials alleged Monday that they were fired for reporting a supervisor's racist comments, slapping the National Hockey League with a new Florida federal court lawsuit months after the league settled a related claim.

Two ex-officials say the National Hockey League fired them after they raised concerns about another official's racist behavior. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File) David Walkowiak and James C. Watkins say NHL staffers for years ignored complaints that Amalie Arena's scoring system manager used the N-word and made derogatory comments about Black players and employees over the radio system shared by the behind-the-scenes crew.

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