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NHL mulling more discipline for racial slur

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The NHL planned to decide after its meeting with Chris Simon whether to further discipline the Washington Capitals forward for making a racial slur at Mike Grier, one of six black players in the league.

Simon apologized in person to Grier on Monday night, flying to Toronto where Grier's Edmonton Oilers were staying."I feel very saddened about what's happened," Simon, an Ojibwa fom Wawa, Ontario, told the Toronto Star. "I did say what they said I said, and I just wanted to apologize to Mike."

Grier, who is black, said Simon called him a "nigger" during a melee at the end of the game in Landover, Md., on Saturday.

The two players met face to face at an airport hotel in Toronto, where the Oilers were staying after their 4-4 tie in Buffalo.

Grier said Edmonton general manager Glen Sather had told him: "Chris was really struggling with what he said.

"He (Sather) said they (Simon and Caps GM George McPhee) were coming to Toronto. We met for about five minutes and it went well," Grier said.

"He said `I'm sorry' and I believe him, he had a very sincere look in his eye.

"It takes a stand-up person to come up here and handle it the way he did. I accept his apology."