The American Hockey League suspended Bakersfield Condors defenseman Brandon Manning for five games after he directed a racial slur toward an opponent during Monday's contest against the Ontario Reign.
Manning released the following statement:
"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."
Manning has played just 21 games with the Oilers since coming over in a trade from the Chicago Blackhawks last season along with Robin Norell in exchange for Jason Garrison and Drake Caggiula.