More Scandalicious news from the Chicago Blackhawks

Published February 7, 2022 at 9:48

ESPN's Emily Kaplan reported that the Blackhawks fired the head athletic trainer of their American Hockey League affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.

D,J. Jones, the trainer of the team, was fired following allegations of sexual harassment. These were from complaints from a member of their ice crew, and the allegations stemmed from an incident that happened several years ago. The victim has, not been identified.

The team came out Sunday with a statement. 'Under our new leadership, we have made it crystal clear that nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our players and employees, and there is a zero-tolerance policy for any violation of our standards of conduct in our organization. We have done a lot of work to ensure an environment where employees are encouraged to feel safe coming forward, even if it is about wrongdoing that occurred in the past.'

'Recently, when allegations of sexual harassment in 2014 by D.J. Jones, the head athletic trainer for the Rockford IceHogs, were reported to the Blackhawks on October 27, 2021, we adhered to our new protocols and procedures, suspended Mr. Jones, conducted an in depth investigation over 5 days and, following the conclusive results, terminated Mr. Jones on November 3, 2021.'

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