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On Tuesday evening, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith released a statement, stating that senior forward Kamil Sadlocha is returning home and will not practice or compete with the team for an unspecified period of time after Sadlocha directed racial slurs at Michigan State’s Jagger Joshua.
Here is Smith’s statement:
Overall, a strong statement from Ohio State; much better than the hastily thrown together word salad on Monday night. Though it seems as if some of the timing here can be called into question. While Smith states this process has gone on “over the past week”, that does not explain why Sadlocha dressed and participated in both of Ohio State’s games last weekend—something that seemed to be the tipping point for Joshua to share publicly what happened.
Ohio State’s approach to this has seemed much more reactive than proactive, but it at least says something that the public outcry about the incident was enough that they felt that they did have to react to it.