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Per the Winnipeg Sun’s Scott Billeck, the University of Manitoba Bisons Men’s Hockey Team released Jeremy Leipsic, the brother of Washington Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic, after taking part in misogynistic and offensive private messages that surfaced Wednesday evening, the University’s athletic director Gene Muller announced on Thursday.
Leipsic was in his second season with the team Bisons after playing parts of three seasons with the Portage Terriers in the MJHL.
— Scott Billeck (@ScottBilleck) May 7, 2020
Muller issued a statement regarding the 23-year-old’s release:
Bison Sports was extremely disappointed to learn of the comments made by the group of prominent hockey players, including one of our own, who were involved in the group chat that has emerged online. We condemn any such remarks and attitudes as they are offensive, reprehensible, and have absolutely no place in our sport or in our programs.
Leadership, respect, and integrity are core values of the Bison Sports community and as a result of this situation, we have taken the action to release the current student-athlete from the program.
Although it has not been officially confirmed, screenshots of Brendan Leipsic’s private Instagram messages showed misogynistic and vulgar language regarding women and various NHL players, which include his own linemates, Nic Dowd and Garnet Hathaway. Florida Panthers’ forward Jack Rodewald was also a part of the chat. Brendan’s Instagram account is no longer active.
The Capitals is aware of his comments and is looking into it, per a Capitals spokesperson. “We are aware of the unacceptable and offensive comments made by Brendan Leipsic in a private conversation on social media. We will handle this matter internally.”
The 25-year-old tweeted an apology Wednesday evening, claiming his friend’s Instagram account was hacked. The NHL also released a statement. It is possible Leipsic will face some kind of punishment.
We will continue to bring you updates as they become available.
By Della Young