Boko Imama releases statement after receiving racial slur in AHL game

Los Angeles Kings forward Boko Imama, left, and Anaheim Ducks left winger Mike Liambas fight during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game. (Reed Saxon/AP)

A player with the American Hockey League’s Ontario Reign says a racial slur directed toward him earlier this week is unfortunate for everyone involved.

Boko Imama released a statement Wednesday and said there’s no room in hockey for racial slurs even if games get heated or intense.

“I am very proud to be an African Canadian hockey player and to stand for all other players that are in the same situation as me,” he said.

Bakersfield Condors defenceman Brandon Manning was suspended five games on Tuesday for the incident that took place during a game on Monday night. Bakersfield is the AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers while Ontario is the Los Angeles Kings‘ farm club.

Imama, 23, thanked both organizations for their professionalism in helping him handle the situation.

Manning, 29, apologized for his actions in a statement on Tuesday.

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