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Flames face criticism over Dillon Dube statement citing mental health after sexual assault charge revelation

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of calgary flames It has been revealed that the forward Dilon Dube was one of the five world -Junior team players in Canada, which was charged with sexual assault, and has been severely criticized on the Internet. This comes just days after the team announced an indefinite hiatus citing mental health concerns.

Dube, 25, is one of four NHL players He was charged with sexual assault by police in London, Ontario. According to a lawyer’s statement, Philadelphia Flyers’ netminders, Carter Heart, and Michael Macroad and Cal Foot of New Jersey Devils were also charged.

Dillon Dube #29 of the Calgary Flames skates with the puck during the first period of a game against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on January 13, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Flames defeated the Golden Knights 3-1. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

In a statement obtained by TSN’s Rick Westhead, a lawyer representing Mr. Dube said: “London police have charged Mr. Dube with sexual assault. He pleads not guilty and will plead not guilty.” Deaf,” he said.

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“He is planning to defend this claim in court. Please respect Duve and his family’s privacy.”

The charges stem from a 2022 complaint in which a woman identified only as “EM” alleged that she was sexually assaulted by several members of the team in a hotel room. hockey canada The Globe and Mail reported last week about the gala event held in 2018 to commemorate the team’s victory at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship.

According to the complaint, the woman met one of the players at a bar and was then taken to a hotel room. Later, the players were invited by the other seven to the room, performing private sexual activity, threatening her and leaving her out.

Four NHL players charged with sexual assault stemming from 2018 World Junior scandal

She also claimed that the men also instructed her to take a shower and demanded that she was a shiraf in the video.

Former NHL players, including Alex Forge, have been charged with sexual assaults, all of which have taken indefinite vacations from clubs they respect in the past 10 days. However, Frames is facing a strict scrutiny over the first statement of mental health concerns due to the absence of Dube.

Dillon Dube warms up

Dillon Dube #29 of the Calgary Flames warms up before an NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Mallett Arena on January 11, 2024 in Tempe, Arizona. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

“Diron Dube has been given an indefinite vacation from the team to pay attention to mental health. Diron is under the care of medical experts and requests Diron’s privacy to be respected.”

Initial comments from users on social media expressed concern for the NHLer, but quickly turned to anger following news of the alleged sexual assault.

In a statement released Tuesday, the Flames clarified that they had no knowledge of the pending charges at the time of their absence.

“We know that Diron Dube has been charged with sexual assault. We take this issue very seriously. This problem is currently in legal procedure. Therefore, we have no further comment at this time.”

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The statement continued, saying, “When Diron’s vacation application was allowed, we did not know about the complaint during the dispute.”

Dillon Dube prepares for showdown

On December 18, 2023, Calgary Frame’s Diron Dube#29 will be prepared for a confrontation with Florida Panthers in the third period at the Succia Bank Saddle Dome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Leah Hennel/Getty Images)

Flyers General Manager Daniel Briere He shared similar sentiments before the charges were made public, telling the media he didn’t know if Hart was involved in the situation.

“We don’t know anything. There’s a lot of speculation. That’s all we know.”

Lawyers for all the players involved denied any wrongdoing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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