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Report: Blackhawks Fired AHL Trainer Over Sexual Harassment Allegations in November

Reports say that the Chicago Blackhawks fired the long-time athletic trainer of their AHL affiliate for sexual harassment in November of 2021.
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Like it or not, the Chicago Blackhawks will continue to discuss "old business". 

According to a report from ESPN's Emily Kaplan on Sunday night, the Blackhawks reportedly fired the long-time athletic trainer of their AHL affiliate, DJ Jones, in November of 2021 following an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment made by a member of the team's ice crew. 

The allegations stem from an incident that occurred in 2014, and were reported to the organization on Oct. 27, 2021, one day after the findings from the Jenner & Block investigation into the abuse allegations against Brad Aldrich were made public. 

After conducting the investigation on Nov. 3, the Blackhawks terminated Jones effective immediately. 

"Under our new leadership, we have made it crystal clear that nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our players and employees, and there is a zero-tolerance policy for any violation of our standards of conduct in our organization," the team said in a statement released on Sunday night. 

"We have done a lot of work to ensure an environment where employees are encouraged to feel safe coming forward, even if it is about wrongdoing that occurred in the past."

Jones had been with the Blackhawks organization for 16 years prior to his dismissal. According to Kaplan's report, the Rockford Ice Hogs have since promoted assistant athletic trainer John Walter to his former head role, and have removed all information regarding Jones from the team's online database. 

This report comes mere days after Blackhawks owner and chairman Rocky Wirtz went on a now-infamous tirade against two reporters at the team's midseason town hall event last week for asking about what the organization has done to ensure that a situation like Kyle Beach's is never allowed to happen again. 

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