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'Misleading and concerning': Former Flame responds to apology from Bill Peters

Last Updated Nov 28, 2019 at 11:05 am PST

Akim Aliu as a member of the Calgary Flames. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The player at the centre of racist allegations against Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters has responded to his apology.

In a statement posted to his Twitter page, Akim Aliu called the apology and statement from Peters “misleading, insincere and concerning.”

Peters wrote a letter to Flames GM Brad Treliving Wednesday confirming he did make the racist remarks while coaching in the American Hockey League (AHL) ten years ago.

“Please accept this as a sincere apology to you, and the entire Calgary Flames organization, for offensive language I used in a professional setting a decade ago,” Peters said in the letter.

The statement goes on to say, “Although it was an isolated and immediately regrettable incident, I take responsibility for what I said.”

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Aliu has accepted an invitation from the NHL to discuss the situation and says out of respect for the process, he won’t be commenting publicly until that meeting is over.

Peters remains a part of the Flames organization but won’t be behind the bench as coach while the Flames and NHL investigate the allegations.