The Pittsburgh Penguins and current Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin have reportedly tried to cover up a sexual assault by a former coach of the organization.
This is what the TSN network revealed on Tuesday when it got its hands on the documents of a lawsuit targeting Clark Donatelli, former pilot of the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins, and filed by his former deputy Jarrod Skalde on 3 last November before the United States District Court in Pennsylvania.
The charges allegedly took place on November 11, 2018. Skalde, his wife Erin and Donatelli would have taken the same car to return to the hotel after a dinner after a game. Donatelli allegedly attacked his assistant’s wife in the back seat of the car with touching her breasts and private parts despite her efforts to free herself from her attacker’s grip.
Skalde, who was seated in the front, only found out what happened later. The couple then decided not to warn club management so as not to harm the team.
However, seven months later, Skalde spoke to Guerin, who was at the time Assistant General Manager, during the National Hockey League (NHL) Draft in Vancouver on June 21, 2019. Seven days later, Donatelli was resigning for personal reasons, according to the official version.
Afterwards, Guerin asked Skalde to be discreet and not to publicly reveal the information.
In post for the 2019-20 season, Skelde left the organization on May 5, with the Penguins deciding not to renew his contract. The club mentioned financial difficulties related to COVID-19 as an explanation for the decision, but it is the only one of 21 employees in the hockey operations department to lose its position.
Guerin has since been named Wild’s GM on August 21, 2019.
The 22-page document obtained by TSN further claims that the Penguins were aware of several inappropriate acts of a sexual nature committed by Donatelli to women in the organization and that they always turned a blind eye due to success on the ice. of the instructor.
Skalde and his wife are claiming undisclosed value from the Penguins, Lemieux Group and Donatelli for physical and emotional damage as well as loss of income.
Furthermore, no complaint was lodged with the police in this case.