BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The American Hockey League announced Tuesday that Bakersfield Condors defenseman Brandon Manning has been suspended for five games as a consequence of his actions in a game at Ontario on Jan. 20.
Manning was suspended for use of a racial slur towards an opponent, according to the NHL.
Manning released a statement in response to his suspension. He stated:
Last night I made comments to an opposing player that were stupid and offensive. After the game I spoke with the opposing player in person, which I'm very grateful for. He allowed me to apologize and I took full responsibility for what I said. To say I've learned from this situation is an understatement and I promise to be better.
The Condors general manager also responded to the incident. He said:
We are aware of an unacceptable comment directed toward an Ontario Reign player by Bakersfield Condors defencemen Brandon Manning during last night's game. This is a very serious matter, we are disappointed by Brandon's comment and we fully support the American Hockey League's decision. The Oilers and Condors organizations wholeheartedly believe in a respectful workplace and will work to better educate our players on appropriate conduct on and off the ice.
Manning is suspended from the following upcoming games:
- Wednesday (Jan. 22) vs. San Jose
- Friday (Jan. 24) at Tucson
- Saturday (Jan. 25) at Tucson
- Jan. 31 vs. Ontario
- Feb. 1 at Stockton