Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz upset by sexual assault questions
This week, the hockey world was supposed to celebrate NHL All-Stars taking over the Las Vegas Strip and puck drop at the Olympics.
Instead, one of the sport’s best-known owners started trending for all the wrong reasons.
Kyle Beach filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Blackhawks in May 2021 alleging sexual assault by a former coach in 2010.
An independent report found “nothing was done” by senior Blackhawks leaders to prevent that harassment, multiple executives resigned or were fired, and the Blackhawks reached a confidential settlement with Beach.
The team published a letter in October pledging to earn back trust.
Fast forward to February second, when the Blackhawks held a town hall for fans and media…
Reporter Mark Lazerus asked what the team would be doing to ensure this wouldn’t happen again.
Rocky Wirtz: We’re not going to talk about what happened. We’re moving forward. That is my answer. Now, what’s your next question…I don’t think it’s any of your business.
Mark Lazerus: How is it not my business?
Rocky Wirtz: Because I don’t think it’s any of your business. You don’t work for the company. If somebody in the company asks that question, we’ll answer it. Now we’re moving on. What more do I have to say?
TONER: Criticism poured in quickly, even from Wayne Gretzky during a live intermission report.
Wayne Gretzky: “As a parent, you’re sitting there going, ‘My son is 18 years old and he’s going to maybe be drafted by that team…I want to know my 18-year-old son is going to be protected.”
TONER: Wirtz has issued an apology, but what do you think of his remarks? Let us know in the comments below.