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Anaheim Ducks Accused of Abusing Jewish Player

1/26/2011 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

A Jewish hockey player drafted by the Anaheim Ducks is suing the team -- claiming coaches within the organization launched multiple "verbal anti-Semitic attacks" ... TMZ has learned.

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23-year-old Jason Bailey -- a 3rd round NHL pick in 2005 -- claims from the moment the Ducks assigned him to play for an affiliate team called the Bakersfield Condors ... his coaches unleashed a "barrage of anti-Semitic, offensive and degrading verbal attacks."

In the suit, filed today in Orange County Superior Court, Bailey claims the head coach of the Condors told him "[Jews] only care about money and who's who" and that he "never wanted his son to be raised Jewish or to wear a Yarmulke."

Bailey claims the assistant head coach would get in on the Jew-bashing too -- saying things like, "Oh, I just got a friend request from a dirty Jew."

Bailey says the coaches also forced him to travel apart from the team and he was "rarely given any ice time" in games because he's Jewish.

According to the documents, filed by Bailey's powerhouse lawyer Keith Fink,  Bailey complained to the Ducks about the hostile work environment -- and the team reacted by instructing the coaches to pen apology letters to Bailey in which they both admitted to using hurtful language.

Bailey was eventually traded to the Ottawa Senators in 2009 -- and insists the Ducks were "happy to be rid of him."

Bailey is suing for unspecified damages.

Calls to the Ducks have not been returned.


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76.

Chris    

I'm not surprised by this story. The Anaheim Ducks have time and time again shown themselves to be the most classless organization in all of professional sports. Anaheim Ducks owner Henry Samueli is a big time criminal who, during his trial, got popped for jury tampering. Surprise surprise, money bags Samueli never served a jail in time and probably won't despite his conviction. So it really should come as no surprise that the Anaheim Ducks coaches are s*** bags too. The fish always stinks from the head down.

1345 days ago
77.

RT    

Good for Jason! No one deserves to be treated with unkind remarks no matter what they are related to and the comments others have made on this article about Jews and money are disguting and you should be ashamed of yourselves. You think his life is going nowhere...I give him credit for standing up for human rights. He isn't only doing this for himself but for all of us who may be criticized unjustly based on our religion, age, gender, race etc. I commend him.

1345 days ago
78.

Taylor Dadson    

Nice to see that jews are following the lead of blacks: playing the race card every chance they get.

1345 days ago
79.

thomas    

So anti-semitism is alive and well in the pro sports world? why are we not surprised. Wonder what would happen to a muslim?

1345 days ago
80.

Cooper    

If his allegations are true, why did he wait so long to file a lawsuit?

1345 days ago
81.

LBjim    

In this time and age, I STILL can't believe these statements by these coaches or anybody granted, it looks like,a money grab by Bailey,but then again you can't really blame him. I believe we all have some sorts of bias,but this world is a melting pot and people should learn to watch your P's and Q's becouse KARMA has a funny way of catching up to you...which it obviously has...

1345 days ago
82.

karen1109    

It's fascinating how we live in a society that expects us to bend over backwards to show tolerance for muslims, blacks, gays etc. but apparently to the majority of the posters here, jews don't qualify for that treatment, and unlike the muslims, the blacks, gays etc. it's apparently all HIS fault and he's a big "crybaby" for complaining about the terrible treatment he received (which obviously happened since people had to write him apology letters over the offensive treatment.)


What a bunch of worthless hypocrites.

1345 days ago
83.

Steve    

It's funny how TMZ reports on a Jewish player "allegedly" being discriminated upon but when Floyd Mayweather Jr went on a racist rant they didn't find a need to report on that?

I guess racism in the sports/entertainment industry is only "newsworthy" when it concerns a Jewish person but if, it involves a (Anglo-White, Black, Asian, Latino) person it's irrelevant.

1345 days ago
84.

hihat    

If both coaches admitted to making the anti-Semitic remarks, the Ducks should fire both their asses pronto. No organization of any repute should condone such intolerant behavior.

1345 days ago
85.

Terrence G    

He is a healthy scratch for the worst team in the leagues farm team.. He has zero goals and zero assists in 17 games this year and had 7 points in 62 games last year.. The kid is a bar star looking to cash in now that his career is over. I know the family quite well. If he wins this is a total joke!!!

1345 days ago
86.

Rafaelle Zuccaro    

There is much Anti-Semetism out there because the Jews think of themselves as rulers of the earth!!! They ARE brilliant people, BUT BRILLIANCE does not EQUAL, Honesty ,Decency, Morality and Goodness!!! They are full of Hipocracy -- Their immorality has SWAMPED Hollywood since its inception- They OWN and RUN it!!!They promote every DECADENT BEHAVIOR that exists for the SAKE of earning SHEKELS!!!!!They DO NOT have a MORAL CODE- It is based only on WEALTH_ Just as Berney Madoff and most JEWISH LAYEWRS live by!!!!

1345 days ago
87.

Irv     

Both coaches should be fired immediately.

1345 days ago
88.

Joe    

You all show your pathetic, ingrained anti-semitism. what a sick and pathetic world that such hateful monsters like you nazis still exist.

1345 days ago
89.

kcv    

Kind of shocked at the hate and lack of empathy for others here. Not Jewish and don't know many directly, but reading the "who gives a damn" comments hurts...can't imagine how Jews must feel!?!?! I hate when people use racism as an excuse, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist and when it shows it ugly horns that you can't call it what it is. The people who says "who cares" are probably white males and blacks/hispanics who feel they are treated worse, both are just sad. Any woman who commented "who cares", you better not every get sexually harassed, assaulted or abused....I'm sure the comments will be the same...check yourself people!!!

1345 days ago
90.

the man    

your all a bunch of racist in breeders who have nothing better to do. Jealous people is what you are. besides what the **** is there to do in bakersfield anyways. inbreeders

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