Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Hockey Player Sues Anaheim Ducks Over Anti-Semitic Claim

A Jewish hockey player is suing the Anaheim Ducks alleging that his coaches made anti-Semitic remarks and discriminated against him because he is Jewish.

Attorneys for Jason Bailey, who was traded to the Ottawa Senators in 2009, filed the lawsuit in Orange County ((CA)) Superior Court.

The suit alleges that coaches for the Bakersfield Condors, an ECHL affiliate of the Ducks at the time, made anti-Semitic remarks towards him and denied him ice time because he is Jewish.

Bailey was assigned to play for the Condors under the contract he signed with the Ducks back in 2008. He played there for 35 games before finishing his 2008-2009 season with the AHL's Iowa Chops. He has since played for the AHL affiliate of the Senators in Binghamton, New York since the trade.

The lawsuit says Bailey complained but management did not do enough when it came to addressing the allegations.

Here's a feature that ran on Bailey when he first surfaced with the Ottawa 67's back in the 2006-2007 season on "OHL Primetime..."
((HT: Youtube/RogersTV))

Vik Jolly's piece in the Orange County Register has part of the complaint:

Plaintiff "...was subject to severe and/or pervasive harassment on the basis of religion by being forced to endure a barrage of anti-Semitic, offensive and degrading verbal attacks regarding his Jewish faith"

The suit also claims then-Condors head coach Marty Raymond allegedly claimed that Jewish people "only cared about money and who's who." Both Raymond and an assistant that is to have allegedly harassed Bailey wrote letters of apology and were briefly suspended back in 2008, but Bailey's attorney tells Jolly that is not enough.

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