Hockey Canada is mired in its lies. And his blatant incompetence. A young alleged victim becomes $3 million richer and eight young men, some of whom play in the National League, are suspected of gang raping without being able to identify them.
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And at least 12 others who were at the same party in June 2018 risk living with a dark cloud over their heads despite having nothing to do with what may have happened in the room… the alleged crime. Because in the minds of many, they could have been one of the Eight.
Even if the police wanted to reopen the investigation and they did meet the eight players suspected of a crime, there is no prosecutor in the country who could win a case before a judge when the victim has already accepted $3 million in compensation.
In court, the defense attorneys would tear it to pieces.
It’s a toxic business. A toxic case. And Hockey Canada will not get away scot-free. At the end of the story, everyone will be confused.
And we probably risk never knowing what really happened.
THE FEAR OF THE COURTS
It would have been ideal for the judiciary if the alleged victim had filed a complaint with the London police. The same day of the allegations. Have him examined in hospital and police will start real investigation to collect evidence if there has been any crime. It can be assumed that all persons possibly involved were of legal age.
But can we blame a young woman of 20 for not wanting to put her finger in the judiciary? She had agreed to have sex with a gamer. She had been drinking. She probably feared that her credibility would be attacked.
And then going to the police means risking a lawsuit. Watching his whole life dissected by sneaky and aggressive lawyers. So many victims have suffered during these widely publicized trials that one understands the decision not to become bogged down in years of fighting.
Avoid the media
The alleged victim’s lawyers were patient. Because Hockey Canada was not directly involved in the case. Apart from the fact that this evening’s gala was organized to raise funds for the huge association.
When they filed the lawsuit against Hockey Canada, the Canadian Junior League and the John Doe Eight, it was Hockey Canada who picked up the ball and quickly entered into negotiations with the alleged victim’s attorneys to resolve the matter on their way. It was better to pay $3 million than get dragged into the media.
Luckily, a TSN reporter got wind of the lawsuit and broke the story.
Tom Renney and his successor stringed together a magnificent collection of lies, untruths and half-truths in their testimony before the Standing Committee. I don’t believe their stories for a minute.
If there was no evidence in the prosecution and private investigation of important elements that there was at least some semblance of sexual assault, why did you accept to pay $3 million in a month?
And do you really think that not one dollar of that $3 million comes from public funds? So your taxes and duties?
And do you naively think that Hockey Canada leaders don’t know the identities of the players involved?
Lies, lies and more lies, as Pierre Bruneau would say.
What will Gary Bettman do?
Fortunately, there will be no more way to completely drown the matter. Even if it is completely poisonous and criminal prosecution no longer seems possible.
A young woman preferred receiving $3 million to risking being dragged through the mud in court. I hope this money will help her heal the trauma she may have suffered.
As for the Eight John Does, they have far more to fear from American League and National League leaders than they do from the police. Gary Bettman isn’t joking with these assault allegations. Talk to Stan Bowman and Joel Quenneville, whose careers have paid for their neglect in Chicago history.
The hope is that it will convince young men to behave respectfully even when they’ve had too much to drink; even if a tipsy young woman is partying.
In fact, we should end up getting the message across. It’s respect. Quiet. Drunk or not drunk.