There is no place for racism in hockey.
Ontario Reign forward Boko Imama fought Bakersfield Condors defenseman Brandon Manning on Friday night after Manning had previously been suspended five games for using a racial slur against him.
Manning was handed a five-game suspension by the AHL on Jan. 20 for using a racial slur during an altercation with Imama in a game between the Reign and Condors at Toyota Arena. Manning was given a game misconduct and a rouging minor on the play.
In just Manning’s second game back since serving the suspension, he faced Imama and the Ontario Reign at Rabobank Arena. The two players settled the score with a great fight during the opening minutes of the game. Imama landed some heavy blows on Manning, but the Condors’ blueliner ended up bringing Imama down to the ice at the end of the tilt.
Imama and Manning drop the gloves: https://t.co/awUg4lP5Lk#LAKings #Reign pic.twitter.com/jpu3JAyz4A
— Eric (@Kingsgifs) February 8, 2020
Manning issued an apology after the suspension, but it’s good to see him willing to drop the gloves and settle the score.
Imama was born and raised in Montreal after his parents immigrated from Democratic Republic of Congo. The 23-year-old previously issued a statement following Manning’s suspension about how there is no place in hockey for racism.
“I have taken some time to reflect on what transpired on the ice against Bakersfield on Monday night. What happened is unfortunate for everyone. No matter how intense or heated a game gets, there is no room for this in our game and no excuse. I am very proud to be an African-Canadian hockey player and to stand for all other players that are in the same situation as me.”
“I would like to thank the Los Angeles Kings and Ontario Reign, Edmonton Oilers, and Bakersfield Condors for their professionalism in helping me handle this situation. Last but not least, I cannot thank my family and friends for their continued love and support.”
Not only did Imama get his revenge by getting the better of Manning in a fight, but he also added a goal and an assist for the Gordie Howe Hat Trick, helping his team to a commanding 10-3 victory.