Acadia Axemen player takes responsibility for hockey brawl with St. FX X-Men

A member of the Acadia Axemen hockey team has taken responsibility for making comments that led to a bench-clearing university brawl last weekend.

Rodney Southam says he made a comment about sexual assault to an opposing player during a physical confrontation when playing against the St. Francis Xavier X-Men on Saturday night.

Southam claims to have been unaware Sam Studnicka, the target of his comment, had a sexual assault survivor in his family.

The ensuing brawl led to both head coaches and 15 players being suspended on Wednesday.