Houston Aeros forward Justin Fontaine was suspended for two games Tuesday after he used a gay slur during a Twitter exchange during the Grammy Awards with a teammate on Sunday night, the Star Tribune said.
Fontaine removed the tweet soon after and apologized to anyone he may have offended. By the time he apologized though, the tweet had been retweeted by another teammate and spread all across the internet.
Fontaine, 24, was unavailable for comment, but he reached out to a fan Monday saying that he felt awful for his poor judgement.
Prior to the start of the NHL season, the league issued a social media policy, which includes a "blackout period" on game days. The new policy makes it clear that club personnel will be held responsible for social communications in the same way that they are for public communications.