Michigan State senior Jagger Joshua accused an Ohio State player of racially abusing him during a recent game.
Joshua posted about his allegations on social media on Monday, saying “racist behavior doesn’t belong in hockey.”
“Racist acts don’t belong in hockey because they prevent African Americans and minorities like me from playing and loving the game,” Joshua tweeted. “Inaction in the face of racist rhetoric and actions allows these actions to continue.”
“On Nov. 11, during our game against Ohio State, one of their players called me a racist multiple times,” Joshua added. “One of the officials heard the slander and gave the player a game misconduct penalty. The Big Ten launched an investigation days after the incident, but no further action has been taken by the Big Ten or Ohio State.”
Racist behavior does not belong in hockey. pic.twitter.com/nm9AnIjSgV
— Jagger Joshua (@jaggerjoshua8) November 21, 2022
“This inaction leaves me confused and pessimistic about the sport of diversity in hockey culture,” Joshua exclaimed. “The ignorance of racism is not in our game and I feel like I need to make people aware that it’s happening because if it’s not acknowledged, the problem will get worse.”
However, the Big Ten insisted they could find no evidence of the allegations.
“Due to the failure to submit indisputable evidence to the meeting, the meeting imposed no further disciplinary action,” the Big Ten said in a statement.
“The Big Ten is committed to providing our student-athletes with an inclusive environment free from harassment or discriminatory behavior of any kind,” the statement added. “The safety and well-being of our campus community remains our top priority.”
Michigan State head coach Adam Nightingale issued a statement saying he was “proud” of Joshua but did not necessarily support the player’s allegations.
“At MSU, we are committed to providing a safe and welcoming space for our student-athletes,” Nightingale said in a statement. statement to Twitter on Monday. “It’s important to me that all student-athletes feel comfortable and supported in our locker room and in our program. I’m proud to have Jagger Joshua on our team.”
A statement from Michigan State Vice President and Director of Athletics Alan Haller and lacrosse coach Adam Nightingale. pic.twitter.com/ajtmlCCscq
– Michigan State Athletics (@MSU_Athletics) November 21, 2022
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