The NHL “discovered no proof to verify” the sexual allegations made in opposition to Tampa Bay Lightning’s Ian Cole and has concluded its investigation.
Cole was once suspended by the team previous this week “pending the result of the [NHL’s] investigation” into Cole.
The staff stated it was once totally cooperating with the league and its investigation into the allegations. The defenseman was once interviewed by the league on Wednesday.
The allegations have been made on Twitter via a consumer whose title is indexed as Emily Smith. The girl posted a long remark accusing Cole of sexually abusing and grooming her whilst she was once a minor, in addition to others. The remark is the consumer’s lone tweet.
Alternatively, the league was once not able to substantiate the consumer’s id and will be unable to with out a courtroom order or subpoenaing Twitter. The NHL said efforts to “make touch with the nameless supply of the social media put up … have been unsuccessful.”
The league spoke back to Smith’s tweet, asking her to “Please DM us.”
The league now considers the topic closed.
The suspension pressured Cole to leave out the Lightning’s first two video games of the season – the groups performs in Pittsburgh in opposition to the Penguins on Saturday evening, however Cole isn’t indexed at the energetic roster.
If Cole stays suspended, the NHLPA will document a complaint.
Cole, from Ann Arbor, Michigan, performed for the St. Louis Blues from 2010 to 2014, when he was once traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He performed for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild and Carolina Hurricanes earlier than becoming a member of the Lightning within the offseason.
He’s received the Stanley Cup two times in his occupation.
Fox News’ Scott Thompson contributed to this document.