The Tampa Bay Lightning suspended defenceman Ian Cole pending an investigation into allegations made on social media that he sexually abused a lady when she was a minor.
The Lightning stated Sunday evening they had been totally cooperating with the NHL on an investigation and had been making the choice to suspend Cole till they collect extra particulars.
“Our organization takes these allegations very seriously,” the workforce stated in a press release.
Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly informed The Associated Press earlier Sunday the league had launched an investigation. Daly added the league had no prior data of the allegations till they had been posted on social media.
Cole’s agent didn’t instantly reply to a message searching for remark.
Cole is a 33-year-old veteran taking part in along with his seventh group.