KMGH-TV.To begin with, Shaw said, the back-and-forth was limited to some friendly banter about the game itself, which saw the Bruins fall to Colorado 4-3."At first, it was more of a hockey banter type of thing from them, 'Oh you lost,' 'What do you think about that hit,' that type of thing," Shaw told KMGH-TV. "I remember saying something along the lines of 'We'll get you next time.'"However, as the incident escalated, Shaw, who identifies as homosexual, stated that the three men began to steer the conversation away from hockey, and towards Shaw's sexual identity."It turned to aggressive homophobic slurs," Shaw said of the discussion.One of the men reportedly then got in Shaw's space, he said, calling him another slur.
Shaw then tried to nudge the man back to try and calm the situation, and that was when the three men reportedly attacked Shaw, forcing him to the ground."From there, they tackled me to the ground and were calling me f*g, gay," Shaw recalled. "My head was in my arms, and I was kind of in a ball while they were like, kicking me and punching me."In terms of the physical damage that he sustained, Shaw told local reporters that "I've got some injuries to my knee, some bruises to my knee and elbow, and then I had a knot in the back of my head."However, he added that the emotional toll of the incident would make a much greater impact on him."It makes me think back to that younger kid whenever I didn't want to come out to fully be myself, and the reasons why you don't do that, and these are why you're scared to," Shaw continued."I'm from a very conservative state in the South, that's where I would think that these things would happen, that's why I left there," he continued.The Denver Police Department (DPD).