Aliu calls Flames coach's apology 'misleading, insincere’

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THE CANADIAN PRESS

FILE - In this April 23, 2018, file photo, new Calgary Flames NHL hockey team head coach Bill Peters speaks to the media in Calgary, Alberta. 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 players 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 didnt like my choice of music. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Akim Aliu is not happy with the apology Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters issued for a racial slur he allegedly used when both were in the minors 10 years ago.

The former NHL player released his own statement Thursday on Twitter, saying he found Peters' statement a day earlier acknowledging that he used offensive language to be "misleading, insincere and concerning."

Aliu said he has accepted an invitation from the NHL to discuss the situation and would not comment further until after the meeting.

Peters issued a letter Wednesday night to multiple media outlets, apologizing to the Flames and general manager Brad Treliving. The letter did not mention the Nigerian-born Aliu or specify the words Peter used. He called it an "isolated and immediately regrettable incident."

The statement drew criticism on social media.

Former NHL player Georges Laraque tweeted: "The @NHLFlames and the @NHL can now finally conclude their investigation and fire him, what more can they need after this...?”

Aliu tweeted Monday that Peters directed racial slurs toward him when both were with the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs, the Chicago Blackhawks' top farm team, in 2009-10. Aliu, who was born in Nigeria but raised in Ukraine and Canada, said Peters "dropped the N bomb several times" because he didn't like the player's choice of music.

Peters did not coach the Flames on Wednesday night when Calgary won in Buffalo against the Sabres. Afterward, Treliving said the Flames' investigation was ongoing.