Even allowing for an error in translation, that can't be good

Alex Frolov tells Russian media that Sean Avery used racist remarks to agitate opponents | ProHockeyTalk

Q: You have played with Avery for the Kings and Rangers and once called him your friend.

AF: Yes, we are friends and we still communicate. Just not as often, since we live on different continents now. Q: Why does everyone hate him?

AF: It’s not hate, it’s… He has a specific role, he is a pretty unique man and he likes to do, let’s say, extravagant things. Sometimes they’d be bordering on the forbidden. He isn’t a fool. Lately he has become calmer, smarter. Before he’d get swept away with emotions and do something stupid. To mention each and every one of his stunts… Something always happens around him, it’s a part of his job. He needs to be talked about. He loves it, he feels at home in the spotlight. Sometimes he called opponents "black monkeys." He did a lot of things, I can’t remember all of them.

So, I guess Georges Laraque was telling the truth?