Member of the Chicago Blackhawks issues apology to Corey Perry

Published January 24, 2024 at 2:16 PM
Former NHL player John Scott got attention last night when he said why Corey Perry was let go by the Chicago Blackhawks last November.

On his podcast Dropping the Gloves, Scott claimed Perry was fired for making advances toward an NBC staff member while drunk on a road trip in Columbus.

«He made a mistake in Columbus one night. » Scott, also part of the NBC Sports Chicago broadcast team, revealed. «He drank too much, and he made a pass at a staff member who worked for NBC.»

When Perry's contract was terminated, both Perry and the Blackhawks provided vague statements about the incident. Scott's revelation quickly gained attention.

However, on Wednesday, Scott took to his social media platform to retract his statements, apologizing for making false and misleading remarks about Perry.

«On my podcast this week, I made a false and misleading statement regarding former Blackhawk Corey Perry. It was an off-the-cuff remark that is completely unfounded and not true. It was a poor choice of words, and I'll try to be more careful in the future.»

After taking time off to address mental health and substance abuse issues, Perry has expressed readiness to return to the NHL, leading to his signing a one-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers.

Oilers head coach Kris Knoblauch expects Perry to make his Edmonton debut in Saturday's game against the Nashville Predators.

On his podcast, Scott, who played for various teams including the Blackhawks, mentioned that the sole reason for Perry's release from the Blackhawks was the team's effort to avoid another major scandal following the recent settlement with former first-round pick Kyle Beach, who accused a former video coach of sexual assault.

«Chicago, the environment that they live in now, if there's any hint of anything like that, they just get rid of everything,» Scott added. «If this is any other team, he's still on the team.»

While the details of Perry's actions leading to his contract termination in Chicago remain unclear, it appears that Scott is no longer willing to be the one to share them, raising speculation about external pressure influencing his decision to retract the statements.
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Member of the Chicago Blackhawks issues apology to Corey Perry

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