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Former Buckeye Dakota Joshua, brother of Michigan State player subjected to racial slurs, speaks

Vancouver Canucks forward Dakota Joshua decries "terrible situation" in which his brother, Michigan State's Jagger Joshua, was subjected to racist slurs during game vs. Ohio State.

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Nov 3, 2022; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Dakota Joshua (81) skates against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks forward and former Ohio State hockey player Dakota Joshua wasn't shocked that his younger brother, Jagger, who plays for Michigan State, was subjected to a racial slur during a Nov. 11 game against the Buckeyes.

"You would like to think we've come a long way, especially over recent years, but obviously (this) still keeps happening," Dakota said. "So until it's non-existent, I don't think it's surprising."

Jagger Joshua went public about the incident on Nov. 21, saying he was disappointed that Ohio State and the Big Ten had not done more to address the issue after an on-ice official penalized senior forward Kamil Sadlocha with a game misconduct.

"The ignorance of racism does not belong in our game," Jagger's statement read, "and I feel that I need to make people aware that this incident occurred because, without acknowledgment, the problem gets worse."

Dakota played for the Buckeyes from 2015-19, and on Monday he told reporters that he agreed.

"There's no room for that in this game and in life in general," he said. "It's a terrible situation to be a part of. But (Jagger's) goal is to put it out there, so people can learn from it and hope it doesn’t happen again."

Although Ohio State and the Big Ten initially ruled that Sadlocha being ejected from the game was sufficient because the conference said, there was an "absence of indisputable evidence" about what happened, OSU has since offered a new, more conciliatory response.

“I want to offer my sincere and heartfelt apology to Jagger Joshua,” athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement. “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.” 

Smith went on to say that Sadlocha had returned home and was not practicing or competing with the team “at this time.”