Gary Bettman apologizes to NHL prospect Kyle Beach after meeting over sexual assault allegations

The head of the National Hockey League apologized in a text message to NHL prospect Kyle Beach after meeting with him in St. Louis on Friday and before his indefinite suspension. ‘I have to…

Gary Bettman apologizes to NHL prospect Kyle Beach after meeting over sexual assault allegations

The head of the National Hockey League apologized in a text message to NHL prospect Kyle Beach after meeting with him in St. Louis on Friday and before his indefinite suspension.

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The North Reading, Massachusetts, native has been accused of sexual assault after a woman said she was drugged and sexually assaulted on Friday and he then took her back to his hotel room. St Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong has placed Beach on indefinite leave as the organization investigates.

“I expressed sincere regret to Mr Beach regarding any harm that may have occurred to him in the course of the circumstances that he outlined to me in our brief meeting,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement released on Friday. “I assured him that the NHL takes all sexual assault allegations very seriously and will provide support and assistance to Mr Beach and all of his family in their time of need.”

Bettman visited the 20-year-old on Friday to “express the league’s serious concern and offer its continued support”. Bettman’s son Steven is a former player and B hockey player for the Blues.

“In our conversation, we discussed Kyle’s status with the organization and his availability to play for us in upcoming games if needed,” Armstrong said in a statement. “The matter is under investigation and the NHC will take no further action.”

Matt Carle, a forward for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and actor Steve Rannazzisi of The League were at the hotel when Beach was allegedly assaulted, but no word has been released on what role they may have played.

“I’m a year removed from having to undergo almost three hours of emergency surgery to remove one of my testicles. Now I’m on a plane to St Louis,” Beach said in a statement via his agent Patrick Saarburg. “Treated, examined, and returned to my family with a learning experience and deep question as to how this happened to me and what I can do to ensure it doesn’t happen to anyone else.

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“The person I witnessed and interacted with at the hotel the night of the alleged incident did not resemble the person I am today. I am innocent and I want to clear my name. I’m upset for the woman I was with and hurt and angry for the person I was,” he said.

NHL said that it has advised both the Tampa Bay Lightning and North Reading High School, where Beach plays hockey, to respect his privacy.

Former NHL player Doug Jarvis wrote an open letter on Thursday to support Beach and criticized a treatment of the allegations by Armstrong and the NHL.

“My attitude is that when somebody gets out of the system, they become their own accuser,” he said. “You get a lot of lawyers in a situation like this, and I think it needs to be left alone.”

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