Bakersfield Condors’ Brandon Manning Suspended for Racial Slur

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The American Hockey League has suspended Bakersfield Condors defenceman Brandon Manning 5 video games for utilizing a racial slur in opposition to Ontario Reign left-wing Bokondji Imama.

The AHL made the announcement Tuesday, a day after Manning and Imama had been concerned in an altercation throughout Ontario’s Three-Zero win over the visiting Condors. The Condors are the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, whereas the Reign are the affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings.

Manning, a 29-year-old from Prince George, B.C., was assessed a sport misconduct and a roughing minor at 5:57 of the second interval. The league confirmed Tuesday the misconduct was for utilizing a racial slur in the direction of an opponent.

Imama, who was born in Montreal to dad and mom who immigrated from Democratic Republic of Congo, was given a roughing minor throughout the identical incident.

Manning apologized in a press release.

“Final evening I made feedback to an opposing participant that had been silly and offensive. After the sport, I spoke with the opposing participant in individual, which I’m very grateful for,” Manning mentioned.

“He allowed me to apologize and I took full duty for what I mentioned. To say I’ve realized from this case is an understatement and I promise to be higher.”

Condors common supervisor Keith Gretzky mentioned Manning’s phrases had been unacceptable.

“This can be a very severe matter, we’re upset by Brandon’s remark and we absolutely assist the American Hockey League’s resolution,” Gretzky mentioned.

“The Oilers and Condors organizations wholeheartedly imagine in a respectful office and can work to higher educate our gamers on acceptable conduct on and off the ice.”

Manning will miss Bakersfield’s video games Wednesday versus San Jose, Friday at Tucson, Saturday at Tucson, Jan. 31 versus Ontario and Feb. 1 at Stockton.

He’ll be eligible to return Feb. 5 in opposition to visiting Tucson.

Manning has appeared in 10 video games with the Condors this season and has 4 assists in 10 video games. He has a objective in 9 video games with Edmonton.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Jan. 21, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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