Ohio State forward Kamil Sadlocha dismissed from team after racial slurs


MSU forward Jagger Joshua looks up at the scoreboard in the Spartans’ 5-1 win over Air Force on Oct. 9, 2021/ Photo Credit: Sarah Smith/WDBM

Jacob Phillips, Hockey Beat Reporter

EAST LANSING – One day after Jagger Joshua released his statement regarding the use of racial slurs by an Ohio State hockey player, Ohio State University announced senior forward Kamil Sadlocha will be removed from the hockey team for an indefinite amount of time.

“Over the last week, the Department of Athletics has worked through this on-ice incident and spoken with Kamil Sadlocha and the rest of the team, and Kamil is returning home and will not practice or compete at this time,” said OSU athletic director Gene Smith in a statement released on Nov. 22.

According to Smith’s latest statement, the OSU hockey team will have to complete further education on racial sensitivity, diversity, equity, inclusion and the use of respectful dialog.

“The department and I will support them through this important process,” Smith said in the statement.

Although Joshua’s statement did not identify the OSU skater by name, the box score of the game shows that only one player received a game misconduct penalty – Sadlocha. The statement from OSU marks the first time Sadlocha has been officially identified as the skater in question.

Sadlocha’s removal from the OSU team is also the first disciplinary action taken since the original penalty during the game between the Buckeyes and the Spartans on Nov. 11.

In its first statement, OSU explained it had cooperated with a Big Ten investigation into the incident to “come to a resolution in response to the allegation of misconduct.” However, at that time, the university did not specify as to what actions were taken. Between the game on Nov. 11 and Joshua’s statement, Sadlocha was allowed to play both OSU games against Notre Dame.

When asked about what changes he hopes are made in response to his statement, Joshua said, “I’m more focused on changing the culture, and I think the best way to do that is to talk about it and bring light to the situation.”