Ex-player sues Ducks for anti-Semitism

Jan. 26, 2011 at 8:52 PM
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SANTA ANA, Calif., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A Jewish hockey player has sued the Anaheim Ducks for discrimination, saying he was subjected to anti-Semitism while playing with a farm team.

Jason Bailey filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Orange County, The Orange County Register reported.

Bailey, a native of Ottawa, Ontario, joined the Ducks in 2008 and was assigned to the Bakersfield Condors. In legal papers, he says the Condors' head coach and his assistant continually made anti-Semitic comments.

He said in court papers he "was subject to severe and/or pervasive harassment on the basis of religion by being forced to endure a barrage of anti-Semitic, offensive and degrading verbal attacks regarding his Jewish faith."

While the two coaches were given short suspensions and sent Bailey letters of apology, his lawyer, Kevin Fink, said they should have been subjected to more discipline. Instead, he said, Bailey was sent to "Siberia."

Bailey is now playing for the Binghamton Senators in upstate New York after being traded to the Ottawa Senators.

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