This story continues to get worse for the Chicago Blackhawks and for the victims of the alleged actions by the team and former coach Brad Aldrich.
According to a continued report by Dave McKinney and Tony Arnold of WBEZ in Chicago, former Blackhawks video coach Brad Aldrich had been investigated for other sexual assault allegations against him, following an initial incident in 2010 involving two former players, but the organization did not aid police in those subsequent investigations.
If you are inclined, you can read the full report and details from WBEZ in the link above.
It boils down to allegations of the Blackhawks failing to cooperate with investigations into Aldrich, as well as failure to properly report those allegations against him. The argument would go: had the organization properly handled his history of sexual misconduct, or acted upon the initial allegations against him from the incident in 2010, a chain of events where Aldrich went on to sexually assault and abuse multiple people before being arrested and convicted of sexual misconduct in Michigan in 2013, all could have been avoided.
There are many parts to this story and investigations ongoing into the former Blackhawks video coach and the franchise’s actions surrounding his alleged sexual assault and harassment of former players in 2010, as well as the team’s failure to report those allegations to the Chicago Police at the time, and the organization’s continued support of Aldrich after he left the team.
According to the report, the Blackhawks didn’t respond to WBEZ about the slew of developments reported by them and other outlets this week.
McKinney and Arnold of WBEZ, as well as TSN’s Rick Westhead have been all over these ongoing investigations into the Blackhawks, Aldrich, and the terrible fallout from their alleged misconduct.
Needless to say, if these allegations against Aldrich and the Blackhawks organization are true, serious consequences need to be levied against those that knew what happened and did nothing, as well as against Aldrich for his actions.