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Youth hockey players, assistant coach suspended after racist remarks

March 18, 2019 08:35 AM

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Two youth hockey players and an assistant coach with the Cheektowaga Warriors 18-U team have been suspended after players can be heard on video making monkey sounds at a black player on the opposing team.

According to WGRZ in Buffalo, there's growing anger that neither the Western New York Amateur Hockey Association nor the state association took any disciplinary action.

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Cheektowaga's head coach Ken Phillips decided to discipline the players upon reviewing the graphic video evidence.

During the game on Jan. 20, players for Cheektowaga were heard yelling racist slurs at an opposing player, Roshaun Brown-Hall who plays for Amherst Youth Hockey.

The suspended players apologized during a private team meeting and were prepared to apologize to the Brown-Hall. 

Late Saturday night, Brian Pilarski, a councilman with the Town of Cheektowaga, released the following statement:

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