Source: Allegations of sexual misconduct have surfaced online against an NHL player.
The woman has spoken exclusively to Glacier Media and has identified the individual as Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen, 24.
“I couldn’t believe that I said no and he didn’t take that for an answer,” she says. “I felt violated and gross and wanted to leave.”
Glacier Media has agreed not to identify her due to her fear of public backlash. For the purpose of this story, we will refer to her as ‘Emily’.
Although Emily has contacted the police, there are no charges and none of these allegations have been proven in court.
In an email statement on Friday evening, the Vancouver Canucks say the player has been placed on leave.
“We have become aware of the concerning allegations made about one of our players. Our organization does not accept sexual misconduct of any kind and the claims as reported are being treated very seriously by us,” says a Canucks spokesperson. “We have engaged external expertise to assist in an independent investigation and we have placed the player on leave as we await more information.”
The alleged incident took place in September 2017.
The two agreed to meet, Virtanen allegedly picked her up and drove her to a Vancouver hotel where the alleged sexual misconduct occurred.
Emily spoke out after seeing other women come forward with their own experiences on an anonymous Instagram account.
NHL Deputy Commission Bill Daly confirms the league is aware of the allegations.
“We are aware of this issue and have been in contact with the club regarding appropriate response,” says Daly. “We don’t have any further comment at this time.”
Depending on the outcome of the Canucks independent investigation, Jake Virtanen may never play professional hockey again.
“I couldn’t believe that I said no and he didn’t take that for an answer” is never good to hear from the young lady you picked up on Instagram as she talks to a local reporter.
Remember, Jake is innocent until he’s proven guilty in a court of law BUT much like MLB’s recent decision to ban Roberto Alomar from baseball forever, Jake can be found guilty by his employer and we can judge our responses accordingly.
If Jake Virtanen raped this young woman (that’s what we’re talking about here) he would never be welcome to play professional hockey again and would never work in the sport again, nor should he.
The second someone says no, you stop. There’s no discussion or effort needed to change your sexual fortunes. It’s over. The next touch or effort to coerce someone into sex isn’t kind of like rape, it’s rape and should be treated as such.
If Emily’s story checks out, I hope she has the support she needs to have the strength to follow through in every accountable capacity. If there are more women, I hope they do the same. If she’s making it up, I hope she’s held accountable too.
Pro Tip for Pro Athletes: Stop tolling for sex on the gram, you fucking idiots.