Blackhawks prefer legality over morality

The Chicago Blackhawks logo is illuminated before a game against the Nashville Predators on April 23, 2021 at the United Center in Chicago.  (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

The Chicago Blackhawks logo is illuminated before a game against the Nashville Predators on April 23, 2021 at the United Center in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

One of the most disappointing aspects of the NHL’s handling of the findings of the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks investigation and former prospect Kyle Beach’s decision to come forward as the victim of Bradley Aldrich’s sexual abuse was Gary Bettman. and the competition’s refusal to give the appearance of moral obligation.

It seems predictable now that the mother of ‘John Doe 2’ spoke out about her son’s heartbreak being sexually abused by Aldrich with TSN’s Rick Westhead, the NHL is doubling that stance.

In an attempt, ostensibly, to remain separate from the legal process, the NHL has reportedly informed the legal team for ‘John Doe 2’ that it will not cover any costs related to the suffering of him and his family and instead of that “leave that matter” to the Blackhawks, according to Westhead.

Even an inch, it seems, is an admission of guilt that the competition won’t open up to.

While it may be cold on the surface and another example of morality that pales in comparison to legality, hopefully the NHL’s unwavering commitment to helping those injured by negligence and misplaced priority in its ecosystem will not take action. lead.

In some ways now challenged, choosing not to help “John Doe 2” would belie the promises the Blackhawks have made, while guaranteeing that the ethical standard within their organization will be restored.

John Doe 2’s mother’s interview with Westhead was incredibly difficult to watch, but an essential reminder of how action, or inactivity, is so dangerous. Aldrich’s abuse should have ended with Beach, but the failures of certain members within the organization allowed the former video coach to continue to abuse vulnerable athletes – including “John Doe 2” – from a position of power until his eventual arrest.

The NHL fined the Blackhawks $2 million for “inadequate internal procedures and inadequate and untimely response” to allegations reported by an employee.

It will take a fraction of that incredibly lenient sentence for the Wirtzs and Blackhawks organization to get ‘John Doe 2’ and his family the help they need.

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