The NHL has issued an unusual warning to its most loyal fans, reminding them that it may be more difficult for players to find employment if they’ve been involved in “country music-related activities.”
The league has also banned players from participating in a number of events with “country artists” such as the National Music Awards.
The league’s warning comes in the wake of the NFL’s decision to suspend players who have been linked to an alleged gang assault in Cleveland.
The team was already facing a lawsuit from the victim, who said the team’s handling of the incident was “totally inappropriate and insensitive.”
The warning to fans came as the league also announced a number, including that it will ban the sale of jerseys from teams that are participating in the NFL All-Star Game.
The NFL has been trying to make sure that players don’t become entangled in a gang that was responsible for the death of a Cleveland police officer last summer, when a group of players attacked a crowd of protesters.