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Boko Imama's Statement Regarding Racial Slur Directed at Him During Game

'No matter how intense or heated a game gets, there is no room for this in our game and no excuse'

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

A statement from Ontario Reign forward Boko Imama regarding the racial slur directed at him during the Reign vs. Bakersfield Condors game on Monday.

"I have taken some time to reflect on what transpired on the ice against Bakersfield on Monday night," Imama said. "What happened is unfortunate for everyone. No matter how intense or heated a game gets, there is no room for this in our game and no excuse. 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."

"I would like to thank the Los Angeles Kings and Ontario Reign, Edmonton Oilers and Bakersfield Condors for their professionalism in helping me handle this situation. Last but not least, I cannot thank my family and friends for their continued love and support."

"At this time, I will not make any further statements or comments and I would very much appreciate if those wishes were respected."

On Tuesday, the AHL announced that Condors defenseman Brandon Manning has been suspended for five games after being assessed a game misconduct under the provisions of AHL Rule 23.9 for use of a racial slur towards an opponent.

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