Ohio State hockey player accused of using in-game racial slur ‘will not practice or compete at this time’

The Ohio State hockey player who has been accused of directing a racial slur towards Michigan State player Jagger Joshua “a number of instances,” is away from the crew for now.

Late Tuesday evening, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith issued a press release relating to the incident. In the discharge, Smith names the Buckeyes’ player accused of using the slur, which Joshua declined to do.

The Michigan State Spartans have a good time a shootout victory in opposition to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Oct. 29, 2022, at the Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend Indiana.
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“I need to supply my honest and heartfelt apology to Jagger Joshua. On behalf of Ohio State University, I’m so sorry,” Smith wrote within the assertion. “No pupil or student-athlete ought to expertise hatred or racism, and everybody ought to really feel welcome. I’ve spoken with Michigan State athletic director Alan Haller, and I’m grateful Jagger is getting the help he wants.

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“Over the final week, the division of athletics has labored by this on-ice incident and spoke with Kamil Sadlocha and the remaining of the crew, and Kamil is returning dwelling and can not practice or compete at this time.

“I’ve met with the lads’s hockey crew and will likely be assembly with them once more quickly to debate our values. The crew will full schooling on racial sensitivity, variety, fairness, inclusion and the use of respectful dialogue. The division and I’ll help them by this essential course of.”

Michigan State forward Jagger Joshua celebrates after scoring a goal against Notre Dame on Oct.  29, 2022, in South Bend Indiana.

Michigan State ahead Jagger Joshua celebrates after scoring a objective in opposition to Notre Dame on Oct. 29, 2022, in South Bend Indiana.
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On Monday, Joshua, who’s a senior at Michigan State, posted a message to social media the place he claimed {that a} racial slur was directed in direction of him on a number of events in a Nov. 11 wins over the Buckeyes.

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“Acts of racism do not belong in hockey, as they will discourage African Americans and minorities like myself from taking part in and loving the sport,” Joshua wrote in a assertion posted to Twitter. “Inaction within the face of racist feedback and actions permit these behaviors to proceed.

“On November eleventh in our recreation in opposition to Ohio State, one of their gamers known as me a racial slur a number of instances. One of the officers heard the slur and gave the player a recreation misconduct penalty. There was an investigation by the Big Ten in these days after the incident, however no additional motion has been taken by the Big Ten convention or Ohio State.”

Joshua Jagger of the Michigan State Spartans follows the game against the Ferris State Bulldogs at Little Caesars Arena on Dec.  31, 2019, in Detroit.

Joshua Jagger of the Michigan State Spartans follows the sport in opposition to the Ferris State Bulldogs at Little Caesars Arena on Dec. 31, 2019, in Detroit.
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“The inaction has left me feeling confused and pessimistic concerning the motion of variety inside hockey tradition,” Joshua continued. “The ignorance of racism does not belong in our recreation, and I really feel that I have to make folks conscious that this incident occurred, as a result of with out acknowledgment, the issue will get worse.”

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The Big Ten convention declined to manage punishment, saying that “indeniable proof” did not exist.

“Due to the absence of indeniable proof introduced to the convention, the convention has not imposed additional disciplinary motion,” the Big Ten mentioned in a press release to The Detroit News.

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