GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Michigan State hockey player has accused an Ohio State player of using a racial slur during a game against the Spartans.
MSU senior forward Jager Joshua, black, published a statement A Buckeye player allegedly used a racial slur multiple times during a Nov. 11 game at Munn Ice Arena on social media Monday night. Jagger says the player was fined for misconduct after one of the officials allegedly heard one of the boos.
Still, Joshua says he doesn’t understand why the Big Ten Conference or the Ohio State Athletic Department haven’t taken further action.
“The inaction has left me feeling confused and pessimistic about the diversity movement in hockey culture,” Joshua stated. “Ignorance of racism is not part of our game and I feel that I need to let people know that this incident happened because without acknowledgment the problem is getting worse.”
MSU Athletic Director Alan Haller and Spartans Head Hockey Coach Adam Salovey released statements in support of Joshua.
“Michigan State Athletics supports Jagger Joshua and commends him for his courage to speak out against racial injustice,” Haller said. “As a department, we are committed to enabling all student-athletes to compete in a space free from discrimination, racism and hate.”
Sadlocha joined the Buckeyes in 2018 after spending one season with Jagger Joshua Dakota’s older brother, who played four seasons with the Buckeyes before turning pro. Sadloha played in both games last weekend against Notre Dame, going scoreless and holding a penalty in two games.
The Ohio State Athletics Department and the Big Ten issued statements State newsthe MSU campus newspaper, but none of them are posted on their respective websites or social media.
“The conference office has collected and evaluated information from the Big Ten Conference, Ohio State University, Michigan State University and available video footage of an incident involving student-athletes from both member institutions at the Munn Ice Arena in the East . Lansing Nov 11, 2022 The conference upholds the official’s decision to fine OSU for a game violation. In the absence of indisputable evidence for the conference, no further disciplinary action has been taken by the conference,” the Big Ten said in a partial statement.
Joshua is from Dearborn, Michigan. He played two seasons with the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks before joining the MSU hockey program in 2019.