Is sports a mirror or a window?

Updated: April 28, 2012, 10:30 AM ET
By Scoop Jackson | ESPN.com

The way Joel Ward responded to the racist tweets that would have staggered a lesser man was beautiful.

A hero for less than an hour, Ward, the Washington Capital who on Wednesday defeated the Boston Bruins with his Game 7 goal in overtime, was shown the tweets by a teammate. The messages revealed just how heroes are thought of when (1) you eliminate a high-profile team and (2) you're black.

Yes, hockey's racial makeup had a little something to do with the "That n----- deserves to hang"-laced ...

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