The sports world, specifically the National Hockey League, was rocked on Tuesday upon the announcement that one of the most famous individuals involved in the league, Stan Bowman of the Chicago Blackhawks, announced his resignation.
According to the Washington Examiner, the shocking development occurred shortly after the findings of a 2010 sexual assault investigation were released to the public. The investigation centered around how the Blackhawks organization, at the time, handled the incident.
The sexual assault incident, which involved the team’s video coach at the time, Brad Aldrich, included allegations that Aldrich sexually assaulted team personnel.
Because of the “organization’s inadequate internal procedures and insufficient and untimely response in the handling of matters related to former video coach Brad Aldrich’s employment with the Club and ultimate departure in 2010,” the NHL announced on Tuesday that the Blackhawks, who won the Stanely Cup that year, are to be fined $2 million as a result of the findings.
The team issued a statement shortly after the release of the findings, writing, “It is clear the organization and its executives at that time did not live up to our own standards or values in handling these disturbing incidents,”
It added: “We deeply regret the harm caused to John Doe and the other individuals who were affected and the failure to promptly respond.”
Part of the massive fine will be dispersed to various organizations that aid victims of sexual assaults.
Not surprisingly, Bowman issued a statement of his own, in which he expressed regret for trusting that the situation had been appropriately handled at the time.
“I learned this year that the inappropriate behavior involved a serious allegation of sexual assault. I relied on the direction of my superior that he would take appropriate action. Looking back, now knowing he did not handle the matter promptly, I regret assuming he would do so,” part of his statement read.