Player suing Anaheim Ducks for anti-Semitic abuse in ECHL

TSN.ca Staff
1/26/2011 5:17:16 PM
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A Jewish hockey player is suing the Anaheim Ducks, claiming that the team's minor league coaches in Bakersfield made several anti-Semitic remarks at him during his stint in the East Coast Hockey League.
In a suit filed Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court by lawyer Keith Fink, 23-year-old Jason Bailey claims that he was "forced to endure a barrage of anti-Semitic, offensive and degrading verbal attacks regarding his Jewish faith," from Bakersfield Condors head coach Marty Raymond and "suffered severe and/or pervasive harassment," from assistant coach Mark Pederson.
Bailey also claims in the suit that Raymond told him, "Jews only care about money and who's who," and degraded Bailey's faith by saying that he, "never wanted his son to be raised Jewish or to wear a Yarmulke."
The suit also describes a team road trip while CNN was televised in the background with a report on the war between the Israelis and Palestinians, at which time Raymond said to Bailey, "maybe you should go over there and fight in the war."
Bailey's suit adds that Pederson would join in on the remarks - saying things like, "Oh, I just got a friend request from a dirty Jew."
The suit then states that the coaches forced him to travel apart from the team and he was refused proper practice drills and playing time based on his Jewish faith.
The documents say Bailey complained to the Ducks organization about his work environment and the team reacted by instructing the coaches to write apology letters to him about using hurtful language. According to the claim, Raymond's apology letter blamed his anti-semitic bigotry on lack of racial harassment training and, "otherwise made light of the entire situation."

The Ducks declined to comment on the report when contacted by TSN on Tuesday night.

None of these allegations have been proven in court.
Bailey - who is suing for unspecified damages - was traded to Ottawa in 2009 and now plays for the AHL's Binghamton Senators.

Jason Bailey (Photo: Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)


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