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Ohio State athletic director apologizes in racial slur incident; Buckeyes player off team for now

The apologetic statement followed a firestorm of attention that began Monday, Nov. 21 when Jagger Joshua, a Michigan State forward, said he was targeted with multiple racial slurs during a game.

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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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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The athletic director at Ohio State issued an apology to an opposing player allegedly targeted with a racial slur by a Buckeyes hockey player earlier this month.

Kamil Sadlocha, the player who received a game misconduct during the Nov. 11 game, "is returning home and will not practice or compete at this time," Gene Smith said in a statement late Tuesday night.

"I want to offer my sincere and heartfelt apology to Jagger Joshua. On behalf of Ohio State, I am so sorry," Smith's statement began.

"No student or student-athlete should experience hatred or racism, and everyone should feel welcome. I have spoken with Michigan State Athletic Director Alan Haller, and I’m thankful Jagger is getting the support he needs."

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The apologetic statement followed a firestorm of attention that began Monday, Nov. 21 when Jagger Joshua, a Michigan State forward, said he was targeted with multiple racial slurs during a game against Ohio State. Frustrated by a lack of action following an investigation that the Big Ten later revealed had an "absence of indisputable evidence," Joshua made his plight public with support of his own athletic director and head coach.

The Ohio State team will undergo racial sensitivity, diversity and similar education, Smith said.

Joshua's brother, Dakota Joshua of the Vancouver Canucks, expressed frustration earlier as well, telling reporters late Monday following his own game against Vegas that "there's no room for that in this game and in life in general."

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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