I guess you didn’t suppose the lawsuits towards the Chicago Blackhawks might worsen. Positive they will! That is hockey! There isn’t a backside to the gorges of ignorance and detestability! That’s what occurs when you have got a group of Seventh-grade educated shitheads enjoying video games for guys who’re solely fearful concerning the reputations and backside strains in a sport not common sufficient to essentially 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 by repeated assaults, whereas additionally having to take care of 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 understanding about something till the next coaching camp a bit of awkward. Possibly he didn’t discover out till then, however he positive didn’t do a lot to assist this particular person when his teammates have been pillioring him for being a VICTIM OF SEXUAL ASSAULT on the ice. Nor did the coaches say a lot, which should make for attention-grabbing solutions from Joel Quenneville he will get requested about this by… properly, anybody. Which in fact gained’t occur, as a result of Panthers beat writers (if such a factor exists) must shield their valuable entry!
Positive, you possibly can 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 suppose sexual assault of any sort is a joke, that homosexuality is one thing to be derided, and any grievance 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, so as 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 total, will permit them to have this “investigation” take simply lengthy sufficient that everybody stops caring (round right here that’ll be when Justin Fields takes the sphere within the first Bears preseason sport, if anybody cares proper now). The findings gained’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 will probably be that.
However John Doe 1’s description of what he acquired from his teammates, stemming from what needed to be probably the most traumatic expertise of his life, ought to make it crystal clear what hockey tradition actually is like. And it ought to trigger an entire rehab of every little thing within the sport from the bottom up. That is undoubtedly who these gamers are nonetheless at the moment.
John Doe 1 already should’ve felt completely alone, which is how Aldrich was capable of abuse him. He was simply making an attempt 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 might 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 received demoted for it. So Doe would have felt turning to anybody may need received him marked inside the Hawks group, and who is aware of how far that type of factor might perform to different groups.
So he has all that to take care of, and there are his teammates on seemingly a every day foundation mocking him for it. Making mild of it. Laughing it off. Each participant on that staff ought to have to face in entrance of a microphone and reply for this. None of them will.
Right here’s all it’s worthwhile 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 companion now. If it comes up the NHL may even bleat about how a lot the tradition has modified up to now 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, a minimum of it’s clear how far hockey has to go to be even within the neighborhood of tolerant. Extra energy to Prokop if he needs to be the one to steer it. It’s a quest.