Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington under fire for controversial tweets

<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/players/5454/" data-ylk="slk:Jordan Binnington">Jordan Binnington</a> is expected to release a statement on Wednesday. (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Jordan Binnington is expected to release a statement on Wednesday. (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Controversy has struck the St. Louis Blues as they begin their quest for the Stanley Cup.

Goaltender Jordan Binnington has come under fire due to a series of racially insensitive tweets he posted as a teenager.

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Binnington would have been 19 at the time of the tweets and a member of the Ontario Hockey League’s Owen Sound Attack. The tweets were first brought to attention Tuesday night by Sharks reporter Paul Gackle.

The controversial messages didn’t stop there, however. Almost two years later, Binnington shared this message about an experience riding in a taxi cab:

Binnington addressed the comments Wednesday afternoon, saying he intended for the posts to be taken as jokes. He also emphasized his growth as a person over the years.

On the ice, the 25-year-old was a major factor in the Blues’ rise up the Western Conference standings this season. Binnington posted a 24-5-1 record with a 1.89 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.

St. Louis finished third in the Central Division and will battle the Winnipeg Jets in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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