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Stan Bowman is out and Blackhawks are fined $2M after law firm announces findings of investigation related to 2010 misconduct allegations

Phil Thompson, Chicago Tribune on

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“I am confident this would not be tolerated in our organization today,” he said. “We must and will do better.”

John Doe, who participated in the review, released this statement: “Today I am grateful for the accountability from Rocky, Danny Wirtz and the Blackhawks organization. I also want to thank Jenner & Block and specifically Reid Schar for the respect he and they showed me throughout their investigation.

“Although nothing can truly change the detriment to my life over the past decade because of the actions of one man inside the Blackhawks organization, I am very grateful to have the truth be recognized, and I look forward to continuing the long journey to recovery.”

Hawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz said neither he nor his son knew of the allegations until the lawsuit was filed.

“If we had, we certainly wouldn’t be standing here today,” he said.

Reid Schar, a partner at Jenner & Block, said the investigation found that several Hawks executives and coaches met within an hour of the clinching victory in the Western Conference finals on May 23, 2010, to talk about the allegations against Aldrich. The report says no action was taken for three weeks.

 

Those present included Bowman, then-team president John McDonough, MacIsaac, then-coach Joel Quenneville and Gary, among others.

“Accounts of that meeting vary significantly and the participants have limited recollection of the details of the meeting,” Schar said. “At a minimum, the senior leaders including then-president John McDonough were informed of alleged sexual harassment of a player by a coach, including efforts by the coach to engage in unwelcome sexual activity with that player.”

According to the report, Bowman recalled during his interview with Jenner & Block “that during the (May 23) meeting, McDonough and Quenneville made comments about the challenge of getting to the Stanley Cup Final and a desire to focus on the team and the playoffs.”

Schar continued, “What is clear is that after being informed of Mr. Aldrich’s alleged sexual harassment and misconduct with a player, no action was taken for three weeks. One witness recalled that the decision on how to proceed was left in Mr. McDonough’s hands and another witness recalled Mr. McDonough saying he would speak to John Doe. Mr. McDonough did nothing to address the allegations until June 14 after the playoffs were over when he reported the information to the director of human resources.

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