The minor-league equipment manager who went to a 2011 Halloween party dressed in blackface as Akim Aliu apologized directly to the player and will keep his job.

Colorado Eagles owner Martin Lind said in a statement Tuesday that he and Tony Deynzer, the staffer in question, spoke with Aliu separately about the "unacceptable racist incident."

Deynzer "offered a heartfelt and emotional apology directly to Mr. Aliu which Mr. Aliu accepted," said Lind, who added that Aliu requested that Deynzer not lose his job.

Aliu confirmed as much in a statement of his own.

"My conversation with Mr. Lind was a tough one but a necessary one," the former player said. "I believe that we must confront racism head-on."