The former Blackhawks player detailed the long-term effects of the abuse: “Every day is in progress”

A former Blackhawks player recently filed an allegation that the team’s video coach Brad Aldridge sexually assaulted him and a teammate in 2010.

in a Recent written interview with TSN, The player who chose to remain anonymous explained the long-term impact of the abuse on him:

“It’s in progress every day,” the player wrote in an email to TSN. “This happens when I wake up, and it’s worse when I try to fall asleep, especially considering all the activities now. I haven’t accepted it yet. It’s in progress. I think I will never accept it completely. .”

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In addition, the player wrote a message to greet Aldridge’s other victims and urge them to come forward. He called the support he received “very exciting.”

The player wrote: “I will tell them that it’s hard to bear the pain of telling what happened.” “But the moment you come out, the treatment begins. Know how much support I get from the public and other players. , I feel very excited.”

The Blackhawks announced on Monday that they will conduct an “independent review” of Aldridge’s allegations. The team hired a former federal prosecutor to investigate.

The team’s chief executive, Danny Wiltz, wrote in the memo: “As for the two lawsuits filed against the organization due to the so-called incident in 2010, many people have said and written about it recently. ESPN Obtained“We want to reiterate to you that we take the allegations described in these lawsuits very seriously. They in no way reflect the culture or values ​​of the organization.”

In addition to the investigation, the player also filed a lawsuit against the Blackhawks in the name of “John Doe 1.” He is seeking damages of US$150,000, but his lawyer Susan Loggans believes that according to TSN, the case is worth at least US$10 million.The Blackhawks are trying to dismiss the charges because they don’t belong Statute of limitations.

Aldridge left the Blackhawks after the 2010 season. The team never provided a reason for his departure. Before joining Miami University in Ohio as the director of hockey operations, he assisted a high school hockey team. Aldridge was convicted in 2013 in Michigan for a fourth-degree criminal sexual act involving a high school student. He was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment and five years’ probation.

“It’s scary to think people can turn their heads and let this happen,” the player told ESPN.

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