Manning, Keith Gretzky statements following Monday's racist slur; Imama statement - LA Kings Insider

On Monday, the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday, Bakersfield defenseman Brandon Manning was assessed a game misconduct for his violation of AHL Rule 23.9, which penalizes the use of racial slurs towards an opponent. Via @KingsGifs:

After the game, Manning and Edmonton AGM/Bakersfield GM Keith Gretzky issued statements.

Via Gretzky:
“We are aware of an unacceptable comment directed toward an Ontario Reign player by Bakersfield Condors defencemen Brandon Manning during last night’s game. This is a very serious matter, we are disappointed by Brandon’s comment and we fully support the American Hockey League’s decision. The Oilers and Condors organizations wholeheartedly believe in a respectful workplace and will work to better educate our players on appropriate conduct on and off the ice.”

Via Manning:
“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.”

Boko Imama shared a statement Tuesday afternoon:
“I have taken some time to reflect on what transpired on the ice against Bakersfield 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.

At this time, I will not make any further statements or comments and I would very much appreciate if those wishes were respected.”

The AHL suspended Manning for five games on Tuesday. A 29-year-old from Prince George, B.C., he has appeared in 255 NHL games with Philadelphia, Chicago and Edmonton in addition to 262 AHL games.

Bokondji “Boko” Imama was acquired via trade from Tampa Bay in May, 2017 and subsequently signed to a three-year entry-level contract. Born in Montreal to immigrants from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he started playing hockey when his father hoped to differentiate his interests from those of his sisters (via Color of Hockey and Loose Pucks). He has appeared in 107 games with Ontario over the last three seasons, totaling four goals, 17 points and 208 penalty minutes.

Kurtis MacDermid

#56 | 6′ 5″ | 233 lb | Age: 23

Born: March 25, 1994
Birthplace: Sauble Beach, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


MacDermid was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 12, 2012.

Michael Amadio

#52 | 6′ 1″ | 204 lb | Age: 21

Born: May 13, 1996
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Amadio was selected by the Kings in the third round (90th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Lintuniemi

#10 | 6′ 3″ | 214 lb | Age: 21

Born: DOB: 9/23/1995
Position: D


Lintuniemi played in 27 games for the HIFK U18 team in Helsinki at 15-years-old, as well as seven games with the Finland U16 team. He made his professional hockey debut with the Monarchs in 2015, and has since begun playing for the Reign.

Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

Born: 6/2/1987
Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
Position: C


Drafted in 2005 by the Calgary Flames, Sutter was traded to the Reign in 2016. He is the son of LA Kings head couch Darryl Sutter, and the eighth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL.