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Panthers Player Suspended For "Inappropriate Language"

SUNRISE, Fla. ( – The National Hockey League has spoken and Florida's top enforcer will sit out a game for using "inappropriate language."

Krys Barch of the Florida Panthers has been embroiled in a controversy since he reportedly made a racial slur towards Montreal Canadiens player P.K. Subban, who is black.

A linesman overheard the comment and gave the Florida defensemen a 10-minute misconduct penalty and ejected him from the game. Wednesday, the NHL added to the penalty by forcing Barch to sit out a game.

According to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald, Barch reportedly asked Subban if he "slipped on banana peel" after he lost his footing while being punched by the Panthers' Erik Gudbranson.

Barch said he meant nothing racial by what he said.

"I stated my case; I know myself and what I said. It may have been inappropriate but it was nowhere near a racial slur nor that intent," Barch said after Florida's morning practice at Chelsea Piers. "The things I said were pretty explicit and maybe not for kids' ears, so that's why I can't repeat it. My grandma wouldn't want to hear it, let's put it that way."

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