Hockey Player Suing NHL Team for Anti-Semitism

Published: January 26th 2011
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Jason Bailey

For a community that now seems to be the definition of diversity, a very troubling controversy has erupted. On Tuesday, 23-year-old Jewish hockey player, Jason Bailey, filed a lawsuit against the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, as well as their former minor league affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors. Bailey claims that he experienced many anti-Semitic remarks from two separate coaches during his stint with the Condors, who play in the East Coast Hockey League.


The lawsuit, which was filed in Orange County Superior Court by Bailey’s lawyer, Keith Fink, states that Bailey was “forced to endure a barrage of anti-Semitic, offensive and degrading verbal attacks regarding his Jewish faith” while he played for the Condors during the 2008-09 season. In the lawsuit, it is alleged that head coach, Marty Raymond and assistant coach, Mark Pederson denied Bailey ice time because he was Jewish, in addition to repeated anti-Semitic remarks.


“Based on his religion, he was blackballed,” Fink told the Canadian Press. “They wouldn’t skate him. They wouldn’t play him.” Bailey says that at times, he was forced to travel apart from the team and was denied proper practice drills. According to the lawsuit, abusive comments included “Jews only care about money and who’s who,” which was allegedly said by Raymond. In addition, Bailey claims he was called “a dirty Jew” by Pederson. The lawsuit also mentions a team road trip, in which members of the team were watching CNN coverage of an Israeli-Palestinian war. Bailey says that Raymond told him “maybe you should go over there [the Middle East] and fight in the war.”


Prior to filing the lawsuit, Bailey says that he complained to the Anaheim Ducks organization about his work environment and was then sent to the Iowa Chops of the American Hockey League, where he again received little playing time. The Ducks then ordered the Condors’ coaches to write Bailey a mere letter of apology. In 2009, Bailey was traded to the Ottawa Senators. He now plays for their AHL affiliate in Binghamton.


Pederson, who no longer works for the Condors, as well as Raymond, whose contract with the team has been extended since the time that the allegations took place, have yet to speak with the media. The Ducks, who were contacted by TSN, declined to offer any comments regarding the allegations, while NHL commissioner, Gary Bettman, a fellow Jew, has not yet made a statement.

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