Brother, former player react to alleged racial slur incident involving Michigan State player

"It's a terrible situation to be a part of. But his goal is to put it out there so people can learn from it and hope it doesn't happen again," said Dakota Joshua, a Vancouver Canucks forward.

College hockey: Michigan vs. Michigan State - February 17, 2020
Michigan State left wing Jagger Joshua (23) and Michigan forward Will Lockwood (10) battle for position in front of the Michigan net in the third period of their Big Ten hockey game at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.
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A day after a Michigan State player expressed frustration over the lack of transparent discipline or action by the Big Ten and Ohio State after he was the target of racial slurs during a recent game, his professional-playing brother and another collegiate player who was involved in a similar incident in 2019 weighed in Tuesday.

"There's no room for that in this game and in life in general," said Dakota Joshua, a forward for the Vancouver Canucks, about a Nov. 11 racial slur allegedly targeting his brother Jagger.

Dakota Joshua talked to reporters following his own game against the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday night. "It's a terrible situation to be a part of. But his goal is to put it out there so people can learn from it and hope it doesn't happen again," said Dakota Joshua, who played at Ohio State before his ascension to the NHL.

Spartans forward Jagger Joshua said during the second period of the game earlier this month against Ohio State, an opposing player said multiple racial slurs toward him. A game misconduct was called against Buckeyes senior forward Kamil Sadlocha, though the nature of the penalty was not listed on the boxscore.

A game misconduct can be the result from the use of a racial slur involving any participant in the game, according to the Big Ten rulebook.


Jagger Joshua's beef is after an investigation took place, the Big Ten and Ohio State have not revealed publicly nor does he know if they have taken any action.

Michigan State forward Jagger Joshua (23) celebrates his goal as Michigan and Michigan State face off for the "Duel in the D" at Little Caesar's Arena in Detroit on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022.
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However, the Big Ten said Monday in statement there was lack of "indisputable evidence" to warrant further consequences.

"The conference office collected and evaluated information from the Big Ten Conference ice hockey officiating crew, The Ohio State University (OSU), Michigan State University (MSU), and available video footage stemming from an incident involving ice hockey student-athletes from both member institutions at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing on November 11, 2022. 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."

Ten days after an Ohio State player was assessed a game misconduct for an alleged racial slur during a game versus Michigan State, the Spartans forward called for action by the Big Ten to combat

Vimal Sukumaran said he faced a similar situation in 2019 when he played for Providence College. The Providence Journal reported that a Boston College player allegedly targeted Sukumaran with a racial slur during a game. While it was overheard by a linesman who reported it to one of the referees, no penalty was called although the incident was reported to the Hockey East Conference.

"I am disappointed with how the Jagger Joshua incident has been handled," Sukumaran posted on Twitter Tuesday morning. "A situation that I know very well. The choice to not hold players accountable for these actions is cowardly. Until there are consequences for these players actions, there will never be change."

Sukumaran went on to post his support for Jagger Joshua and added, "To B10 and OSU, stating that you promote diversity and inclusion is clearly false. Be better."

The on-ice incident happened just days before Ohio State was dealing with an on-campus situation involving racial slurs. On Monday, Nov. 14, Ohio State police reported an employee discovered racial slurs and antisemitic hate symbols on campus, NBC4 in Columbus reported .

This urged Ohio State president Kristina M. Johnson to condemn that incident.


"There is no room for hate in our home,” Johnson said. “The university is where we work and live — and we will not tolerate violations of the values, principles and behaviors that constitute the Shared Values we agree to uphold when we become part of Ohio State.”

Rob Beer is the digital content manager for Forum Communications. A journalist with Forum Communications since 1991, he is the editor of The Rink Live and assists with Northland Outdoors and other content produced by the company.
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