Hockey player sues NHL team over alleged anti-Semitic remarks
A Jewish hockey player has sued NHL side the Anaheim Ducks and a minor league affiliate alleging his coaches made anti-Semitic remarks and discriminated against him because of his religion.
Jason Bailey, 23, who has since been traded and plays for the Ottawa Senators’ affiliate in Binghamton, N.Y., filed the lawsuit in Orange County (Calif.) Superior Court.
It alleges that coaches for the Bakersfield Condors, then an affiliate of the Ducks, repeatedly made anti-Semitic remarks and denied Bailey ice time because he is Jewish.
“Based on his religion, he was blackballed,” said Keith Fink, Bailey’s attorney. “They wouldn’t skate him. They wouldn’t play him.”
Alex Gilchrist, a spokesman for the Ducks, declined to comment on the suit. A message seeking comment was left for the Condors.
Bailey was assigned to play for the Condors under the three-year contract he signed with the Ducks in 2008.
In the lawsuit, Bailey alleges that both Condors assistant head coach Mark Pederson and head coach Martin Raymond made anti-Semitic remarks.
From The News Tribune