In new response, Ohio State apologizes to Michigan State hockey player over racial slur

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Ohio State issued a new response to allegations made by Michigan State forward Jagger Joshua on Monday that a Buckeyes men’s hockey player directed a racial slur at him “multiple times” during a Nov. 11 game in East Lansing, Michigan. 

Gene Smith, Ohio Stayr athletic director, released a statement late Tuesday that was more conciliatory, apologetic and forceful than the one the university released late Monday within hours of Joshua’s statement on Twitter.

Smith’s statement acknowledges that Buckeyes senior Kamil Sadlocha, the only player assessed a game misconduct in the Spartans’ 4-3 victory at Munn Ice Arena, is the player accused of using the slur.

“I want to offer my sincere and heartfelt apology to Jagger Joshua,” Smith’s statement begins. “On behalf of Ohio State University, I am so sorry. No student or student-athlete should experience hatred or racism and everyone should feel welcome.” 

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