What do we really know in the harassment case of Erik Karlsson’s wife, Melinda? Not much.
We know that Melinda has been receiving horrible messages on Twitter hoping that the Karlssons and their baby die or that Karlsson’s legs are so broken he can no longer continue his career. Terrible.
We know that Melinda has applied for a peace bond alleging that Monika Carlyk, the partner of Ottawa Senators forward Mike Hoffman, has been harassing the Karlssons.
Note, those are allegations. The police are investigating but saying nothing. They’re tight-lippped because they are not in a position to lay charges. Maybe they don’t have enough evidence. Maybe they are completing the investigation. Maybe they are just beginning. We don’t know.
We do know that no charges have been laid. We know that nothing has been proven in court. We also know that the information that is in the public realm is not privileged. This is not a statement of claim but in a lawsuit such a statement is wide open to lawsuits. It’s unlikely that peace bonds enjoy privilege either … for the media and the parties to the dispute. Welcome to the joys of journalism and the law.
If there is proof of who is behind the harassment, it has not been published. There are but allegations.
We know that Hoffman says he is “150-per-cent” sure that the messages to Melinda are not from his partner.
Obviously this situation is horrible … worse than anything else we’ve seen go on with the troubled Senators recently … but it will have effects on the franchise.
It will be a surprise if Ottawans are lining up for season tickets after this.
Most likely Hoffman will be traded because you can’t have this kind of controversy surrounding your team. Other NHL clubs will know the Sens are forced sellers so the return will be small. Maybe some clubs won’t want Hoffman at all. It’s not fair to Hoffman, but that’s how the world works.
If Karlsson wasn’t gone before, he’s gone now. The Sens would be wrong to pay $12 million a year for a gimpy-legged former superstar whose defensive liabilities are huge and whose hockey future is in doubt. Again the world isn’t fair, but the Sens don’t need this kind of controversy either, despite it not being Erik’s fault. Sometimes life is cruel.
No winners are emerging in this quagmire. Troubling consequences will unfold.
But let’s not rush to judgment. The facts are fuzzy and the truth still unknown.
Don’t expect to see this anymore at the Canadian Tire Centre.
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