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Blackhawks refused to report alleged sex abuse of players to police: source

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herman:
CW: Sexual Assault

Must listen interview.

Rick Westhead: "The NHL is riding, as they do, on stories like this that it'll pass. That they have enough leverage over people who cover the game that it won't be covered, it won't be talked about, people will move on." https://t.co/oezDy4JRH5— Editor in J (@Account4hockey) June 25, 2021
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Westhead casting some very overt side-eye to his colleagues.

herman:
Original breaking story
It “took me out of the high point of my game,” the ex-Chicago Blackhawks player who suing the team told WBEZ Monday. He alleges a former assistant coach sexually assaulted him in 2010 and the Blackhawks covered it up. https://t.co/soi5mgqEK1— Tony Arnold (@tonyjarnold) June 23, 2021
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herman:
A former Chicago Blackhawks associate coach has confirmed that a meeting took place during the 2010 NHL playoffs in which the team’s management discussed the alleged sexual assault of two Blackhawks players.

Story from @rwesthead: https://t.co/AudysKym4q pic.twitter.com/xzi29rPKqb— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) June 26, 2021
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herman:
NEW: The Blackhawks have hired a former federal prosecutor to lead an “independent review’ of the allegations of sexual assault by former video coach Brad Aldrich in 2010 — and the alleged refusal to report it to police — according to an internal memo from CEO Danny Wirtz.— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) June 28, 2021
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Reid Schar of Jenner & Block LLP is leading the review. "Mr. Schar and his firm have significant experience  conducting independent investigative reviews, have no previous ties to the Blackhawks organization, and have been directed to follow the facts wherever they lead."— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) June 28, 2021
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They hired a guy from the same firm representing USA Gymnastics? Nothing to see there.— Emmie (@emilyistootired) June 28, 2021
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Yeeeeeeeeesssh

bustaheims:
Yeah, that last one really paints what could have been the right move in a less positive light. Maybe don't hire the firm who defended the perpetrators in one of the worst sexual assault cases in U.S. history to investigate your own internal sexual assault allegations.

Investigation? Good! Definitely needed (even if it's coming years later than it should have). The investigators? Surely, you could have found someone with less of a stink on them.

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