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Condors player Brandon Manning suspended from 5 games for using racial slur against opponent

Brandon Manning
Posted at 1:16 PM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 17:29:02-05

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.
Brandon Manning

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.
Keith Gretzky, Bakersfield Condors General Manager

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