Sharks minor league player banned 30 games for racist gesture towards black player

The American Hockey League announced on Friday that ahead Krystof Hrabik of the San Jose Barracuda will serve a 30-game suspension after making a racist gesture towards left wing Boko Imama of the Tucson Roadrunners.

Tucson instructed the AHL that Hrabik, who performs for a minor league staff of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, made a made a monkey gesture at Imama—who’s Black—after the Barracudas’ 4–3 loss to the Roadrunners on Jan. 12. The league confirmed the incident in a video.


In line with a joint statement made by the Sharks and the Barracuda, the 22-year-old was faraway from all staff actions instantly following the incident because the AHL performed an investigation.

“We provide our sincerest apologies to Boko, the Roadrunners group, the AHL, our followers, and the whole hockey group,” the assertion learn. “Whereas we assist the power for people to atone and study from disrespectful incidents on this context, these actions are in direct opposition to the Sharks and Barracuda organizations’ values.”

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