Brandon Manning is in hot water and he is paying for it. The American Hockey League suspended the Bakersfield Condors defenseman for five games after he directed a racial slur toward an opponent during Monday’s contest against the Ontario Reign.
The Condors are the AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers , while the Reign are the Los Angeles Kings ‘ top farm team.
Manning has taken part in just 21 games with the Oilers since coming over in a trade from the Chicago Blackhawks last season along with Robin Norell in exchange for Jason Garrison and Drake Caggiula. He release the following statement after the incident:
“Last night I made comments to an opposing player that were stupid and offensive. After the game I spoke with the opposing player in person, which I’m very grateful for. He allowed me to apologize and I took full responsibility for what I said. To say I’ve learned from this situation is an understatement and I promise to be better."
He will have time off the ice to think about his unacceptable gesture and let’s hope he won’t repeat the offence in the future.
Manning was the player who injured Oilers' captain Connor McDavid in his rookie season, when he was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.