This time, Wayne Simmonds finds himself on the other side of the fence.



Last week in London, Ont., a fan threw a banana at the Flyers forward, an obvious racial gesture to Simmonds being a black Canadian hockey player.



On Monday night during the Flyers' 5-3 preseason win over the Rangers, Simmonds was sucker-punched by Sean Avery in the first period and the two exchanged words.

Avery told reporters after the game that Simmonds threw a slur at him. Asked if the slur was homophobic, Avery said, 'Yes,' it was.



Neither Flyers coach Peter Laviolette nor general manager Paul Holmgren were aware of what was said by either player.