In the most double-take inducing story of the day (for me anyway, I missed the news when it happened), we find Bob Murray, GM of the Anaheim Ducks, being sued by Rachel Paris for allegedly hitting her with a chair after a playoff loss in Game 7 against the Detroit Red Wings. The suit was filed in 2010, and jury selection is today.
That was a lot to take in, let’s slow down for a second. …And exhaaaaaalllllllleee.
Here’s what the article written in the Detroit Free Press explains it:
Paris’ lawsuit alleges the incident occurred around 10 p.m. May 14, 2009, in the press box after the Red Wings scored a tie-breaking goal on the Ducks in Game 7 of the playoffs at Joe Louis Arena.
Paris, then 55, of Plymouth, a contract broadcast producer, said Murray, 54, became enraged and hit her with a high-backed bar stool, knocking her to the ground.
Her lawyers said the attack was so vicious, it caused Paris to urinate blood and tore cartilage in her left shoulder, requiring surgery, among other injuries.
Her lawyer explains that Paris has lost her house, her car, and she hasn’t been able to work since the incident, which, if true, is terrible.
Still, it doesn’t seem like she’s going to have an easy time winning the case:
Murray and two assistants, Maureen Nyeholt and Ryan Lichtenfels, told police they didn’t see an assault, even though they were standing on both sides of Murray in the cramped press box when he decided to head to the dressing room.
I feel like I’d notice an NHL GM smacking a woman with a high-backed bar stool in a press box, but you never know, maybe they’re just getting his back.
The police have looked into it a bit, and apparently that night she was treated with an ice pack, but there were no bruises, marks or swelling on her.
Something must’ve happened, but I just can’t picture Bob Murray going all WWE on the nearest innocent person. “AND OH MY GOD MURRAY’S GOT A CHAIR!”
(Stick-tap to Kukla’s Korner)