MSU hockey player ‘confused’ by Big Ten’s non-action in Racial In
Jagger Joshua was called racial slurs during a recent game with Ohio State. Since then, Big Ten officials have remained eerily silent.
Jagger was called racial slurs in a game on November 11
Spartans senior forward Jagger Joshua, who is a native of Dearborn, was involved in an incident during a Big Ten Conference hockey game with Ohio State on Nov. 11.
In this game, an Ohio State player called him several names, including a racial slur. Joshua is African American.
Game officials overheard the insults and gave the offending OSU player a game foul and disqualified him from the game. The incident was then reported to Big Ten officials, who have yet to take any action to further penalize the player, which left the MSU coaches and Joshua mystified. Both expected the league or Ohio State University to suspend the player.
In a Tweet this week, Joshua expressed his disappointment.
Player not identified by Joshua, but game log shows who it was
The only player who misconducted that night was Kamil Sadlocha, a senior from Carpentersville, IL.
He continues to play for the Buckeyes. Both teams will play again in January.
The Big Ten Conference released a statement on the incident and announced that no further penalties would be issued and the matter was closed.
“Due to the absence of compelling evidence presented to the conference, the conference has imposed no further disciplinary action,” the Big Ten’s statement read.
“The inaction has left me confused and pessimistic about the diversity movement within hockey culture,” Joshua said in his response. “Ignorance of racism has no place in our game, and I think I need to make people aware that this incident happened, because without acknowledgment the problem escalates.”
The Ohio State Department of Athletics responded to an email from 10TV about the incident saying that the department and the hockey program “worked cooperatively with the Big Ten Conference to reach a resolution in response to the allegation of misconduct toward the Big Ten’s fair play policy “.