Fleury! A Strip Club This Time…?
Blackhawks officials are investigating the circumstances of an altercation at an Ohio strip club that allegedly involved Theo Fleury and two other players, team sources said Tuesday.
Fleury, who was suspended the first 25 games of the regular season for violating the terms of the aftercare portion of the NHL’s substance-abuse program, met Tuesday with Hawks general manager Mike Smith. Fleury declined to discuss the allegations publicly.
Smith said the team was looking into the matter and that it would be handled internally. Team officials would not confirm that their players had been at the club.
“Without knowing all the facts, it’s hard to say much on it,” Smith said. “I’ve been looking into trying to find out what went on.”
A team source said the league’s security staff also was investigating the incident.
Police Department patrol car responded to a 911 call from a gas station across the street from the Pure Platinum club on the outskirts of the city, according to a police department employee.
The employee said officers recognized Fleury and also checked his identification. Because the players didn’t appear to need emergency care, the officers allowed them to leave, the employee said.
Officer John Wish told the Columbus Dispatch: “One of guys got out of the cab and said, ‘We’re famous.’ They did not want to be identified, didn’t want publicity. They were adamant about keeping it low-key.”
It is believed that another violation of the substance-abuse policy could result in a suspension of at least six months. The decision on such a suspension rests solely with the doctors who are monitoring him.
Fleury is in the first year of a two-year contract that was scheduled to pay him $4 million this season. He was not paid while he was suspended at the start of the year.