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Canada's Jacob Panetta suspended by ECHL, cut from team for apparent racist gestureThe ECHL swiftly suspended defenceman Jacob Panetta for an apparent racist gesture toward fellow Canadian Jordan Subban of South Carolina Stingrays during Saturday's game. The Jacksonville Icemen later released Panetta, a 26-year-old from Belleville, Ont., who later apologized and addressed his actions.

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Hockey blue-liner later apologized for his actions toward Subban, who's from Toronto and Black

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The ECHL acted swiftly on Sunday, suspending defenceman Jacob Panetta indefinitely pending a hearing, for an apparent racist gesture toward opponent and fellow Canadian Jordan Subban of the South Carolina Stingrays during Saturday night's game.

Jacksonville Icemen later released Panetta, a 26-year-old from Belleville, Ont., who was in his second season with the team.

"To be clear, our core values as an ownership group include … zero tolerance for racism or any other forms of hate against any group," Icemen chief executive officer Andy Kaufmann said in a statement. "We apologize to anyone who was offended and look forward to beginning the process of healing together as one."

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Video of the incident 23 seconds into overtime in the Florida city shows Panetta appearing to raise his arms toward his side while looking at Subban, also a defenceman and a Toronto native.

According to the Florida-Times Union newspaper in Jacksonville, the game report indicates the officiating crew assessed two game misconduct penalties to Panetta for continuing an altercation and for "inciting," under ECHL Rule 75.5, which applies to "obscene gestures on the ice or anywhere in the rink before, during or after the game."

After the game, Subban accused Panetta of making a monkey gesture.

His older brother P.K. Subban, an NHL defenceman with New Jersey Devils, took to Twitter to react to the incident at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.

They don’t call the east coast league the jungle because my brother and the other black players are the monkeys! Hey <a href="https://twitter.com/jacobpanetta?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jacobpanetta</a> you shouldn’t be so quick delete your Twitter or your Instagram account you will probably be able to play again… that’s what history says but things <a href="https://t.co/8zOJ9q47pk">pic.twitter.com/8zOJ9q47pk</a>

&mdash;@PKSubban1

are changing. now not just the hockey world knows your true colours… your hometown of Belleville knows, your family, and friends know you’re a fraud ..with everything that has gone on in the past couple years in the world I’ll say with all due respect to everyone who has an

&mdash;@PKSubban1

"We all know what's ok and what's not," the elder Subban wrote. "Even your own teammates wanted to see you get your clock cleaned. This happens a lot and it never gets exposed in the lower leagues. One thing that I love about this is Jordan's teammates standing in there and showing support. Love that."

Jordan Subban, also 26, further shared some thoughts on social media.

"More like [Panetta] was too much of a coward to fight me and as soon as I began to turn my back he started making monkey gestures at me so I punched him in the face multiple times and he turtled like the coward he is," Subban wrote on his Twitter account.

“I’d rather people focus on how we can change it and make it better, So the next kid that looks like P.K. Subban or Jordan Subban doesn’t have to go through this.”<br><br>FULL VIDEO: <a href="https://t.co/URinkiFDIg">https://t.co/URinkiFDIg</a> <a href="https://t.co/TYY1IimBjc">pic.twitter.com/TYY1IimBjc</a>

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Panetta apologizes, says gesture not intended to be racist

Later on Sunday, Panetta posted a video on his Instagram page to apologize and address the situation.

"I want to express to everyone, and especially Jordan, that my actions were not racially motivated at all," he said. "I sincerely apologize for the pain and suffering and anger my actions have caused him, his family, and everyone who is hurt by this. 

"However unintentional my actions were, I acknowledge the impact of my gesture and [I] will commit to better understand the impact going forward."

WATCH | Jacob Panetta cut from team after apparent racist gesture: 

Jacob Panetta released from U.S. team after alleged racist taunt against Jordan Subban

2 days agoDuration 2:10An East Coast Hockey League team released Jacob Panetta for alleging using racial taunts against Black player Jordan Subban after it became the latest allegation of racist gestures targeting Black hockey players, leading to increased frustration of those fighting to eradicate racism from the game.2:10

He explained that they were "talking in a heated manner" when a referee stepped in between them and says to have told Subban that, "you're only tough once the refs get involved." 

Panetta then admitted to making the gesture referring to it as a "tough guy, bodybuilder-like gesture," which he claims to have done in past games to "non-racialized players" during on-ice confrontations.

He also mentioned that he attempted to let Subban know that it wasn't his intention for it to be a racist gesture when both players were sent to their respective dressing rooms.

Panetta added that he intends to participate in the ECHL's investigation of the situation and that he would reach out to Subban and his family to "express his regret."

'Suspend that kid for life'

"When is this ever gonna end … suspend that kid for life," retired NHL player Georges Laraque, an inspirational figure in the effort to rid hockey of racism, wrote on Twitter Sunday before speaking with CBC News Network.

WATCH | Laraque says the ECHL is under pressure to mete out appropriate punishment:

Canadian hockey player cut from team after apparent racist gesture on ice

2 days agoDuration 7:19The ECHL indefinitely suspended Canadian hockey defenceman Jacob Panetta, pending a hearing, for an apparent racist gesture toward fellow Canadian player Jordan Subban. Retired NHL player Georges Laraque shares his reaction and how the incident could affect racialized kids playing the sport.7:19

Jacksonville currently has no Black players on its active roster after goalie Charles Williams was summoned to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League earlier this month.

Statement from South Carolina Stingrays President Rob Concannon, regarding last night’s incident involving Jordan Subban.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HockeyIsForEveryone?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HockeyIsForEveryone</a> <a href="https://t.co/SQOULichYM">pic.twitter.com/SQOULichYM</a>

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Last September, American defenceman Jalen Smereck was the target of a racist taunt during a Ukrainian Hockey League game last September when an opponent mimed peeling a banana and eating it. Smereck, who is Black, later reached a "mutual agreement" with HC Donbass to terminate his contract, according to the team.

Smereck also shared his thoughts of Saturday's occurrence on social media.

Jalen Smereck, targeted with a racist taunt in an Ukrainian Hockey League game in 2021, on the Jordan Subban incident (via IG):<br><br>“Just think about how many are happening at the youth level to young kids that we don’t see or ever know about because the game isn’t being recorded.”

&mdash;@wyshynski

On Friday, the AHL barred San Jose Barracuda forward Krystof Hrabik for 30 games following a racial gesture toward another player earlier this month.

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Earlier in the week, Boston Bruins retired the No. 22 jersey of 86-year-old Fredericton native Willie O'Ree, the first Black player to appear in an NHL game well known for trying to combat racism that still exists in the league.

The ECHL, formerly called the East Coast Hockey League, is a mid-level professional loop comprising 25 American teams and two in Canada — the St. John's-based Newfoundland Growlers and Trois-Rivières Lions in Quebec.

WATCH | Former NHLers discuss continued issues with racism in hockey:

Former NHL players urge education to eliminate racism from the sport

17 hours agoDuration 5:56Former NHL players Bernie Saunders and Anson Carter talk to Ian Hanomansing about the continued problems with racism in hockey, and how education and conversations could help keep racism out of the sport.More hockey coverage
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