RDC athlete apologizes for racist slur

A Red Deer College athlete has apologized for using a racial slur earlier this month.

A Queens player allegedly called an opponent a “dirty f—-ing Indian” during an Alberta College Athletic Conference women’s hockey game against the SAIT Trojans on Feb. 8.

According to a press release from the athletic conference, the Queens player took accountability for using the slur, apologized after the game and issued a written apology.

The Queens team reportedly undertook remedial training about diversity, inclusion and respect. The Queens player is also undertaking a community outreach work assignment along with RDC’s on-campus Indigenous services co-ordinator.

No suspension to the player was issued.

“Regardless of the circumstances, the ACAC in no way condones the racial slur used by the RDC player,” said athletic conference CEO Mark Kosak in a statement.

The issue came to light through a social media post Tuesday from Trojans fourth-year forward Davina McLeod. In the post, she alleged that a racial slur was used.

“I was called a dirty f—-ing Indian by an 18-year-old rookie after the whistle. In all my years of hockey, I have never had to experience racism at that level, although I’ve heard stories of it happening. I felt defeated and taken aback for the remainder of the game; someone just used a racial slur aimed at Indigenous people in 2020,” read the Twitter post.

RDC also issued a response on Twitter on Wednesday.

“On February 8, there was an on-ice incident at an RDC Queens Hockey game between a SAIT student-athlete and an RDC student-athlete,” the statement said.

“The incident involved a verbal exchange between both players using racially insensitive language. RDC and the athletics program does not condone the choice of words used by our student-athlete.

“The Queens hockey player took full responsibility for this behaviour by apologizing to the SAIT player and coaching staff in-person after the game and through a written letter delivered in the days following the incident.”

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