Connect with us

AHL

Boko Imama: “Enough is Enough!”

Photos by Kavin Mistry and Zak Krill

Boko Imama: “Enough is Enough!”

On Friday evening, Tucson Roadrunners forward Boko Imama – the recipient of yet another racist attack – posted a statement to his social media feed, following the American Hockey League’s announcement of a 30-game ban issued to his attacker, Krystof Hrabik.

The following is Imama’s full message, to which he captioned, “Enough is enough!”

“I’ve been dealing with situations like this my entire life. As a person of color playing youth hockey, through Junior and now twice as a professional, this keeps happening to me over and over again. We have enough to worry about as pro hockey players and it saddens me when anyone has to deal with these types of issues.

It’s frustrating and disheartening that this is still going on in 2022!

Even though I honestly believe the sport has made positive strides, WE still have a long way to go to educate the ignorant and to make hockey a safe place for everyone.

My hope is that people learn from this and that some day hockey will truly be for everyone.”

Moments before Imama’s statement dropped, the guilty party also posted an apology online. The post ran lengthy and felt rather scripted, but in making the best of a bad situation, Hrabik did offer up his apologies, pleaded ignorance and committed to additional education, while vowing not to appeal his suspension.

Hrabik’s full statement is posted below:

I am ashamed of today’s events and embarrassed by the actions that led to my suspension. I want everyone to know that I’m very sorry for what has occurred and I take full responsibility for my actions.

People should know that I had absolutely no inappropriate intent. The gesture was made in the heat of battle and while I didn’t mean anything racist by what I did, I realize now through my own ignorance how my gesture could be interpreted. I alone am responsible for that, it was terrible, and I make no excuses. When I heard about Boko’s reaction to the gesture, I was horrified by what I had done.

Boko is a player I respect and I am so sorry for putting him through this situation. I sent a personal apology to Boko and sincerely hope that he will forgive me. I also want to apologize to the American Hockey League, the San Jose Barracuda, the Tucson Roadrunners, and to my teammates for my unacceptable actions.

I fully accept the consequences of my actions and am not appealing the discipline imposed by the AHL.

I will be working with Anson Carter, Kim Davis, and the NHL’s Player Inclusion Committee to participate in education and training on racism and inclusion. I know I will be judged by my future conduct. If given the opportunity, I will do everything in my power to atone for my actions and lead by example.

More information on the full incident, the background and leadup can be found here.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com or on Twitter at @GameOnHockey.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Advertisement

Must See

Advertisement

More in AHL

Register

Create a username and password below