The NHL team was quick to deactivate the pirate in conversation with K’Andre Miller, the 20-year-old player the Rangers drafted at No22 in 2018.
“An ignoble individual hijacked the cat to post racial slurs, which we have disabled as soon as possible,” the Rangers said in a statement. “We have been incredibly dismayed by this behavior, which has no place online, on the ice or elsewhere, and we are investigating the matter.”
The hacker has repeatedly posted the word n in all caps in the Rangers’ Future Fridays series on Twitter.
The NHL also released a statement saying, “The National Hockey League is dismayed that a video call hosted today by the New York Rangers to introduce their fans to one of the new stars in the league, K’Andre Miller, was hacked with racist and cowardly remarks. The person who committed this despicable act is by no means a fan of the NHL and is not welcome in the hockey community.
“No one deserves to be subjected to such an ugly treatment and it will not be tolerated in our league. We join the Rangers in condemning this disgusting behavior. “
Miller signed a three-year contract the day before the NHL announced the suspension of the season due to the coronavirus.
Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba responded to the hack on Twitter. “What happened today was inexcusable and cowardly,” said Trouba. “Racism has no place in the hockey community or the world. kandremiller, we are delighted to have you among the NYRangers and I look forward to having you as a teammate. “
Forward Ryan Strome retweeted Trouba’s message, adding, “I couldn’t have said it better. This team and this organization stick together. You are one of us and we have your back! “
Concerns about Zoom have been raised frequently in recent weeks. One researcher described the platform as a “privacy disaster”.