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MSU’s Joshua: ‘OSU Player Called Me A Racial Slur’ : College Hockey News

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November 21, 2022

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Michigan State forward Jagger Joshua said today that an Ohio State player called him a racial slur “multiple times” during a Nov. 11 game.

Joshua released the statement via his Twitter feed.

According to Joshua, the on-ice official heard it, and gave the player a game misconduct. The only player to receive a game misconduct Nov. 11 was OSU senior defenseman Kamil Sadlocha. CHN cannot confirm, however, that this player was given a game misconduct for this reason.

“There was an investigation by the Big Ten in the days after the incident,” Joshua said. “but no further action has been taken by the Big Ten Conference or Ohio State.”

The Big Ten said in a statement:

“The conference supports the decision by the official to levy a game misconduct penalty on OSU. Due to the absence of indisputable evidence presented to the conference, the conference has not imposed further disciplinary action.”

Late Monday, Ohio State sent a statement to CHN that said:

“The Ohio State Department of Athletics and the men’s hockey program worked collaboratively with the Big Ten Conference to come to a resolution in response to the allegation of misconduct toward the Big Ten sportsmanship policy.

“Ohio State is focused on providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all. The department is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all. Our Buckeye Inclusion committee has done an outstanding job with providing education and awareness across our department, both for students and staff. We are committed to recognizing our remarkable diversity and utilizing our core values to ensure everyone attending or participating in an athletic event feels safe and welcome.”

Joshua continued: “The inaction has left me feeling confused and pessimistic about the movement of diversity within hockey culture. The ignorance of racism does not belong in our game, and I feel that I need to make people aware that this incident occurred, because without acknowledgment, the program gets worse.”

Joshua also said: “Acts of racism do not belong in hockey, as they can discourage African Americans and minorities like myself from playing and loving the game. Inaction in the face of racist comments and actions allow these behaviors to continue.”

Michigan State athletic director Alan Haller, who is also an African American, said following…

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