AHL suspends San Jose player 30 games for racist act directed at Black Tucson Roadrunner | Roadrunners

A league statement on Friday said the AHL “stands with Boko Imama,” adding that it is “unfair for any player to be subjected to comments or gestures based on their race.”

Xavier Gutierrez, president of the Arizona Coyotes, owner and parent organization of the Roadrunners, issued his own statement Friday: “We are appalled by the disgusting and blatantly racist gesture that was displayed at Boko during the Roadrunners game. in San Jose on Jan. .12 and supports the AHL’s action and suspension.

“The player’s ignorance is stunning and unacceptable,” Gutierrez added.

Imama, 25, has played in all three Roadrunners games since the San Jose incident. He and his Tucson teammates will face the Reign on Saturday night in Ontario, Calif.

Hrabik’s 30-game suspension is the second longest in the AHL’s 83-year history. In 2004, the league suspended Alexander Perezhogin for more than a full season after Perezhogin, then playing for the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, swung his stick and hit another player. The AHL kicked him out of the playoff tournament that season and the entire 2004-05 season.

Catherine J. Martinez