Akim Aliu says former NHL player Steve Downie is a “racist sociopath” who “made my life a living hell” during their junior hockey days … and the allegations are shocking. Aliu – who is black – explained it all in a heavily written editorial for Player’s Grandstand … Detailing several allegations of abuse by Downie. FYI, Downie, 33, was a first round pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft – and has played 9 seasons in the league. But, said Aliu before arriving on the big stage, Downie terrorized him while the two players were members of the Windsor Spitfires, an Ontario League team – the best junior league in Canada. “During the first two training sessions, he put tiger balm in my jock,” said Aliu … “Then he took out my gear and threw it on the roof. “ “And then he started to belittle me in front of my teammates, the coaches, who listened to him. He made fun of my clothes, the way I spoke. “ “He was two years older than me and a rising star, and he wielded power over me like I was nothing – like I was subhuman. “ Aliu also said that Downie and other teammates tried to undress him in the back of the team bus with other recruits as part of a hazing ritual … but Akim refused. Because he refused, Akim says Downie “pushed his fiberglass stick into my mouth. “ “I lost seven teeth in half a second. Blood spurts. “ Akim says he felt compelled to drop his gloves and fight Downie in order to save face in front of his teammates. Akim goes straight to Downie in the article – saying, “I went through hell at the hands of a racist sociopath. “ “His name is Steve Downie. “ “I don’t really give bullshit what he thinks the way I just described it. I would say it to his face today. “ “There was nothing but hatred in his heart at the time. He looked at me and saw a black boy with a strange accent – and didn’t like me because of it. I was attacked because of the color of my skin. I knew then. And I know it even more now. “ Aliu, 31, has already made the headlines for reporting on several horrific racist incidents he faced on his journey through the ranks of hockey … including blackface suits and rantings of n words by officials of the team, including former Calgary Flames head coach Bill peters. We have made repeated efforts to contact Downie for his side of the story – by contacting his former agent, calling the numbers connected to him and even trying to contact him via social media. Downie has so far not commented publicly on the allegations – but if he does, we will include him in this post.
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