FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2019, file photo, Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters watches practice in Regina, Saskatchewan, ahead of the NHL Heritage Classic outdoor hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets. Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving said the team is looking into an accusation that head coach Bill Peters directed racial slurs toward a Nigerian-born hockey player a decade ago in the minor leagues, then arranged for the player’s demotion when he complained. Akim Aliu tweeted Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, that Peters “dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room in my rookie year because he didn’t like my choice of music.” (Liam Richards/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Flames coach Bill Peters issues letter of apology

November 27, 2019 - 9:20 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters acknowledges using offensive language in dealing with a Nigerian-born player 10 years ago in the minors in writing a letter of apology addressed to general manager Brad Treliving, and obtained by TSN, a Canadian sports cable network.

Without specifically referencing the words he used, Peters writes his comments to Akim Aliu were the source of both anger and disappointment in the letter posted Twitter. He adds the incident was made in a “moment of frustration and does not reflect my personal values.”

Peters says he regretted the incident and apologizes to anyone negatively affected by it.

The letter was released while Peters is away from the team while the Flames and the NHL conduct an investigation into allegations he used racial slurs in a confrontation with Aliu.

In another development Wednesday, Peters was accused of punching and kicking players while he was in Carolina.

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AP Sports Writer Joedy McCreary contributed to this report.

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