I wager you didn’t assume the lawsuits towards the Chicago Blackhawks may worsen. Positive they’ll! That is hockey! There is no such thing as a backside to the gorges of ignorance and detestability! That’s what occurs when you might have a group of Seventh-grade educated shitheads enjoying video games for guys who’re solely anxious in regards to the reputations and backside traces in a sport not in style sufficient to actually bear any scrutiny.
What we came upon yesterday, as each people who’re suing the Hawks amended their suits, is that one was threatened with a baseball bat and went via repeated assaults, whereas additionally having to cope with continued insults and verbal abuse from his fucking teammates after the incident. John Doe 2, the person who was abused by Brad Aldrich after he left the Hawks, also amended his lawsuit.
Which makes Jonathan Toews’s claims of not realizing about something till the next coaching camp a bit awkward. Perhaps he didn’t discover out till then, however he positive didn’t do a lot to assist this individual when his teammates had been tabletoring him for being a VICTIM OF SEXUAL ASSAULT on the ice. Nor did the coaches say a lot, which must make for attention-grabbing solutions from Joel Quenneville he will get requested about this by… properly, anybody. Which in fact received’t occur, as a result of Panthers beat writers (if such a factor exists) should shield their valuable entry!
Positive, you may say it was ten years in the past, and hope that hockey gamers know higher now. However that is what Luke Prokop is strolling into because the league’s first overtly homosexual participant. An environment the place his teammates will assume sexual assault of any type is a joke, that homosexuality is one thing to be derided, and any criticism will simply be met by Prokop being labeled a distraction or not one of many guys. That is the mountain he has bravely declared he’ll climb, to be able to knock it down.
The Hawks will proceed to attempt to run out the clock on this, hoping that their buried significance within the Chicago sporting scene, and hockey’s within the sports activities world general, will enable them to have this “investigation” take simply lengthy sufficient that everybody stops caring (round right here that’ll be when Justin Fields takes the sector within the first Bears preseason sport, if anybody cares proper now). The findings received’t be public, the Hawks will say within the intervening years their tradition has modified and such a factor would by no means occur now, and that shall be that.
However John Doe 1’s description of what he acquired from his teammates, stemming from what needed to be essentially the most traumatic expertise of his life, ought to make it crystal clear what hockey tradition actually is like. And it ought to trigger a whole rehab of the whole lot within the sport from the bottom up. That is undoubtedly who these gamers are nonetheless at this time.
John Doe 1 already should’ve felt completely alone, which is how Aldrich was capable of abuse him. He was simply attempting to scratch out an NHL profession, and had it threatened by this monster. John Doe 1 couldn’t know what’s true and what’s not about what Aldrich may do. And he additionally most definitely would have seen what occurred to Akim Aliu when he was allegedly racially abused by the Hawks AHL coach. Aliu bought demoted for it. So Doe would have felt turning to anybody may need bought him marked throughout the Hawks group, and who is aware of how far that type of factor may perform to different groups.
So he has all that to cope with, and there are his teammates on seemingly a each day foundation mocking him for it. Making gentle of it. Laughing it off. Each participant on that workforce ought to have to face in entrance of a microphone and reply for this. None of them will.
Right here’s all it’s essential to know:
The NHL will do their finest to duck this too. They’ll promote free company and the draft within the coming days. You didn’t hear a peep about it on Sportscenter, as a result of ESPN is a associate now. If it comes up the NHL may also bleat about how a lot the tradition has modified previously decade. They’ll level to their Satisfaction Nights, and their relationship with You Can Play, the latter of which mixed with $three will get you on the fucking practice.
If nothing else, at the least it’s clear how far hockey has to go to be even within the neighborhood of tolerant. Extra energy to Prokop if he desires to be the one to steer it. It’s a quest.