The full 107-page report of the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks Independent Inquiry into the Sexual Assault Allegations has been released …
The full 107-page report of the independent investigation into the Chicago Blackhawks’ 2010 sexual assault allegations was released on Tuesday.
It details the encounters between video coach Brad Aldrich and a player identified as John Doe who sued the team earlier this year, alleging that Aldrich sexually assaulted him. The report also reveals how and when team leaders learned of the situation and their inaction.
Here are some excerpts from the report released by former federal prosecutor Reid Schar:
John Doe stated, among other details, that on one occasion, during the second week of May 2010, Aldrich invited him to his apartment, offered him dinner and drinks, told him he had the power to bring John Doe onto the Blackhawks. list and activated pornography.
John Doe recalled that after hitting Aldrich, Aldrich stood up, grabbed a miniature Cubs baseball bat that was on a shelf or window, and told John Doe that John Doe didn’t was going nowhere. John Doe remembered he was sitting at this point and froze. John Doe recalled that Aldrich said, “If you don’t lie down and act like this you liked, I’ll make sure you never play in the NHL again or walk.
“On May 23, 2010, Blackhawks Senior Director of Hockey Administration Al MacIsaac was told by a Blackhawks employee that there may have been a sexual relationship between Aldrich and John Doe. MacIsaac sent Blackhawks mental skills coach and team advisor Jim Gary to speak with John Doe to gather details on what may have happened. John Doe recalled that he told Gary the details of the meeting with Aldrich.
“Later on May 23, less than an hour after the Blackhawks won the playoff game that secured them a spot in the Stanley Cup Final, five senior executives (then president John McDonough, MacIsaac, general manager Stan Bowman, then Executive Vice President Jay Blunk and then Assistant General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff), as well as then head coach Joel Quenneville and Gary, met to discuss what had been learned about Aldrich and John Doe. Meeting minutes vary widely, and participants have limited recollection of the details of the meeting. All participants recalled being informed that there had been an incident between Aldrich and John Doe involving unwelcome sexual advance, but, for the most part, participants said they only learned of the incident a high level – that Aldrich, a coach, tried to “get under the sheets” with John Doe, a player.
“Bowman recalled that after learning of the incident, Quenneville shook his head and said that it was difficult for the team to get to where they were at and that they couldn’t handle this problem now. “
“Bowman couldn’t remember anyone making explicit reference to the idea that the question should be tabled before the playoffs. Rather, Bowman recalled a discussion about the need to know more about what happened. Bowman further recalled that he asked McDonough what McDonough wanted to do and McDonough replied that Bowman should leave him to McDonough. Bowman said that at the end of the meeting, Bowman believed the issue was in McDonough’s hands and everyone should focus on the upcoming Stanley Cup Finals.
Although there was a general failure to remember how the meeting ended, Bowman recalled a statement from McDonough, the most senior member of the leadership in the room, that he would handle the situation. Regardless of who was or was perceived to be responsible for handling the situation, Aldrich continued to travel and work with the team, and participate in team activities throughout the playoffs. found no evidence that action was taken to resolve the issue before the playoffs ended. “
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