Nazem Kadri's Wife Shares Screenshots of Racist Messages Avalanche Star Has Received

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVMay 24, 2022

DENVER, COLORADO - MAY 17: Nazem Kadri #91of the Colorado Avalanche shoots against the St. Louis Blues in Game One of the Second Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Ball Arena on May 17, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Colorado Avalanche star Nazem Kadri remains the subject of racist online attacks after recording a hat trick in his team's 6-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Monday.

Jazzy Kadri, Nazem's wife, shared a collection of offensive direct messages on Instagram targeting her husband, per Mike Stephens of Sports Illustrated.

"Great game tonight, very proud of Nazem," Jazzy wrote on her Instagram story. "But I wanted to shine light on what the last 48 hours has looked like for us as a family."

Several messages referenced Kadri's Muslim faith. The 31-year-old was born in Canada and is of Lebanese descent.

The latest string of attacks began after Game 3 of Colorado's second-round matchup with the Blues. During the game, Kadri was involved in a collision with St. Louis goaltender Jordan Binnington that knocked him out of the game and the rest of the series.

Hockey player Akim Aliu tweeted the next day that he spoke to Kadri, who said he was the "subject to so many racist attacks and threats since last night that police had to be brought in."

The Avalanche said in a statement that they were working with local law enforcement to investigate the threats, per Greg Wyshynski of ESPN.

"Unfortunately, I've been dealing with that a long time," Kadri told TNT after Monday's game (h/t Wyshynski). "That's sad to say, but I'm getting good at putting in the rearview mirror. It's a big deal. I try to act like it's not. Just try to keep moving forward."

There was an increased police presence around the team's hotel and the players' entrance ahead of Monday's game in St. Louis.

The series now returns to Colorado for Game 5 on Wednesday with the Avalanche holding a 3-1 lead.