There has been no shortage of rumors or reports regarding Corey Perry and his sudden absence from the Chicago Blackhawks.
The veteran, playing his 19th NHL season, was waived on Tuesday after an investigation into what the team called ‘unacceptable behavior.’
The Blackhawks’ vague statement caused fans to speculate about what really happened with Corey Perry, and on social media, rumors about Perry and a Chicago Blackhawks player’s mom started going around.
The Blackhawks and several insiders have since then confirmed that’s not the cause, and the Blackhawks’ GM even called the rumors ‘disgusting.’
On Wednesday, ESPN reported that Perry did, in fact, travel to Columbus last week, a day before the Blackhawks’ game against the Blue Jackets. In Columbus, an incident with a team employee happened, leading to Perry being pulled from the game and an investigation being started.
Later in the day on Wednesday, Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli reported that it was an “alcohol-fueled incident involving Perry” that occurred during ”an event that included corporate partners and team employees in attendance.”
There’s still a lot of uncertainty around the Corey Perry situation, but now, one former enforcer claims that he knows exactly what happened.
Georges Laraque, one of the greatest fighters in NHL history, joined ‘The Sick Podcast With Tony Marinaro’ to discuss the incident.
“I know what happened, Tony, so now I’m going to be very careful because I don’t want to get sued, and this is a privacy matter. Okay? But I know exactly what happened inside the organization. It had nothing to do with a player and his mom; it had nothing to do with that,” Laraque said.
“That’s the one thing I can confirm to you. The only thing I can say is that I understand why the Blackhawks had to do this, and what I can tell you is that any team in the NHL would have done the same.”
Laraque also said that several NHL insiders know what has happened but that they’re forced to be quiet about it and that they’re just ‘following a process.’
The former enforcer is afraid to say more as he doesn’t want to get sued.
“The reason why I can’t say what it is is that if I mention it, I need someone to support what I say. Because if someone doesn’t, I could get sued for defamation. A lot of media, a lot of insiders know exactly what happened; they are not going to say anything because there is a process to this, and if they do say something, they can get sued.
“I know what happened; I understand why they made that move. Any team would have made that move, but I can’t say anything.”