Michigan State’s Jagger Joshua Says Ohio State Hockey Player Used Racial Slurs | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors
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Jagger Joshua, who is a forward for the Michigan State men’s hockey team, said an Ohio State player slurred him ‘several times’ during a game between the two Big Ten teams on November 11.
Jagger released a statement on Monday:
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“On November 11 during our game against Ohio State, one of their players repeatedly called me racial slurs,” the statement read in part. “One of the officials overheard the insult and assessed the player a misconduct penalty. There was an investigation by the Big Ten in the days following the incident, but no further public action was taken. taken by the Big Ten Conference or the State of Ohio.”
Jagger went on to say that “the inaction has left me confused and pessimistic about the diversity movement within hockey culture. Ignorance of racism does not belong in our game, and I feel I have to make people aware that this incident happened, because without acknowledgment the problem escalates.”
Michigan State Vice President and Athletic Director Alan Haller and Hockey Coach Adam Nightingale released statements supporting Joshua:
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Michigan State won the game in question 4-3.
Although Jagger did not mention the player’s name, the game is The score of the box shows Kamil Sadlocha being ejected from the game for a misconduct penalty during the second period. This was the only gaming misconduct reported during the contest.
It was the second straight game between the two teams and the Spartans won both. They are set to face off again in back-to-back contests Jan. 6 and 7 in a second series that will take place on the Ohio State campus.
Joshua is a senior striker for the Spartans.
According to the team website, he was an All-Big Ten academic selection the past two seasons and led all Spartans forwards with 32 blocked shots in 2021-22. He has seven points with three goals and four assists in 12 games this season.
Michigan State is 9-4-1 overall and 5-2-1 in conference play this campaign.