There was bound to be repercussions from Brendan Leipsic's offensive social media conversation after it became public and on Thursday the first shoe has dropped.
Jeremy Leipsic, the brother of Brendan, has been removed from the University of Manitoba's hockey team for his participation in that offensive group chat on Instagram. The news was first reported by the Winnipeg Sun.
On Wednesday, a private Instagram group chat involving Leipsic became public showing offensive comments regarding several NHL players and one player's wife. Jeremy was a part of that group and now finds himself without a hockey team.
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"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 private group chat that has emerged online," University of Manitoba athletic director Gene Muller said in a statement via the Winnipeg Sun. "We condemn any such remarks and attitudes as they are offensive, reprehensible and have absolutely no place in sport or in our programs.
"Leadership, respect and integrity are core values of our Bison Sports community and as a result of this situation, we have taken the action to release the current student-athlete from the program."
Jeremy was in his second year at the University of Manitoba with six goals and nine assists in 28 games.
Brendan, meanwhile, will face internal discipline from the Caps. The Athletic's Tarik El-Bashir reported Wednesday that he will meet face-to-face with general manager Brian MacLellan when the team reconvenes, but the two did speak over the phone on Wednesday.
Leipsic is on a one-year contract with the Capitals.
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