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Jordan Subban arrests ECHL player for racist act

Jordan Subban arrests ECHL player for racist act

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South Carolina Stingrays defenseman Jordan Subban has claimed he was the victim of a racist gesture during an East Coast Hockey League game on Saturday night.

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Subban, who is black, tweeted a Jacksonville Icemen Twitter post that described overtime between the two teams as starting “with a hard fight resulting in multiple penalties on both sides.”

Subban took issue with the club’s omission of what he said was a racist taunt of Icemen defender Jacob Panetta, who was tagged in the post. Panetta’s account has since been deleted.

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“More like (Panetta) was too cowardly to fight me and as soon as I started turning his back on me he started making monkey gestures at me so I punched him in the face a couple times and he went tortured like the coward he is,” Subban wrote. “He fixed it.”

On Sunday, the ECHL announced the indefinite suspension of Panetta, 26, pending a collective bargaining agreement hearing.

New Jersey Devils defenseman PK Subban, Jordan’s older brother, also took to Twitter to address the situation in several tweets.

“They don’t call the east coast league the jungle because my brother and the other black players are monkeys!” PK wrote. “Hey (Panetta) you shouldn’t be so quick delete your Twitter or your Instagram account you can probably play again…that’s what the story says but things change.”

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“Now it’s not just the hockey world that knows your true colors…your hometown of Belleville knows it, your family and friends know you’re an impostor…with everything that’s happened over the course of of the last two years around the world, I will say with all due respect to anyone who has an opinion, it is not a mistake. We all know what is right and what is wrong. Even your own teammates wanted to see you get your clock cleaned. This happens often and it is never exposed in the lower leagues. One thing I love about it is Jordan’s teammates standing there and showing their support. I like this.”

Saturday’s alleged incident follows a racist act in the American Hockey League last week. The AHL suspended San Jose Barracuda forward Krystof Hrabik for 30 games after making a racist gesture towards Tucson Roadrunners forward Boko Imama.