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Former Penguin Cole Faces Accusations Involving Minor Female

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Pittsburgh Penguins, Ian Cole, Accusations

The  Tampa Bay Lightning, who face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, on Sunday suspended defenseman Ian Cole, a former Penguins player, after allegations surfaced that he groomed and sexually abused a minor female.

The Lightning and the NHL are investigating the claims, which appeared on social media, and his suspension is in effect during the investigation.

Cole, 33, played for the Penguins from 2014-15 through part of 2017-18 and won two Stanley Cups with them. It is not known whether the alleged incidents happened while he was with the Penguins. He played for St. Louis prior to joining the Penguins, and has since played for Columbus, Colorado, Minnesota and Carolina, and is in his first season with Tampa Bay.

The allegations were made by a female who apparently used an alias on Twitter. The tweet outlining those allegations appears below, but note that the content could be disturbing to many readers.

Cole reportedly has denied the allegations.

Shelly is a columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson

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Rob
Rob
1 month ago

This kind of stuff i don’t like seeing. There should be an investigation before media runs with a story and possibly ruins someone’s career. Twitter unfortunately isn’t a news source. Tampa did their due diligence and suspended him and that is all the public needs to really know at this point. I hope this turns out to not be true, but if it is true he needs locked up. Even if it isn’t true he is probably done in the nhl over this. Ask Jake Virtanen about that.

Fredrick
Fredrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

Idk just the way this sounds. I assume she has evidence such as text messages that prove her case. It’s ashame if it’s true. More and more allegations against hockey players recently.

Jay95
Jay95
1 month ago
Reply to  Fredrick

The opposite. This person just released an anonymous statement on Twitter and it doesn’t seem that they’ve gone to the police or consulted a lawyer. Anyone could have written this. Some guy in his apartment who dislikes Cole for some reason. A lot more has to be known.

Vince Gori
Vince Gori
1 month ago
Reply to  Fredrick

Seems like a pattern/movement to me.

Pepper
Pepper
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

Yeah the guilty until proven innocent thing is getting really tiresome. That’s not how our society works. Frankly, Twitter is getting really tiresome. The fact that this person went to twitter and not the police makes it fishy. If she had gone to the police or had a lawyer they would have said don’t post this. I too hope it isn’t true. And if it isn’t he should sue her into lifelong poverty. If it is true he should pay the price and serve time. But Twitter is not the place to air issues like this and is never a… Read more »

Jay95
Jay95
1 month ago
Reply to  Pepper

There are a couple things in the story that seem a little off. 1) why would an NHL player ask a high school student to come to his hotel room in her high school uniform? That’s extremely risky and doesn’t seem logical for a matter manipulator. 2) I’m a hockey player. I’ve heard guys speak of sexual conquests. But, if a grown man were bragging about having sex with a minor to his teammates? That wouldn’t go over with most people I know. There would be teammates with sisters and daughters. Teammates wouldn’t cover that up.

cacastine
cacastine
1 month ago
Reply to  Jay95

Why would ANYBODY do something like this? These “disqualifications” people come up with such as “why would an NHL player do this” are so fault and beside the point. Why would a catholic priest molest a little boy? Why would a mega wealthy Wall Street financier run a sex trafficking operation? You are looking for logic in this and THAT is illogical.

Katz is Dumb
Katz is Dumb
1 month ago
Reply to  cacastine

Why do you believe an anonymous post on twitter to be factual?

cacastine
cacastine
1 month ago
Reply to  Katz is Dumb

Who said I did? I just also wont start throwing accusations at them. These stories often times have truth to them. I believe things started very much like this in the Chicago case, and look where that ended up. It took a while before the accusations had a name behind them. You have to ask yourself why Ian Cole would be attracting attention like this from somebody?? You really think the most likely scenario here is that some young woman who never had contact with Ian is just making something up completely out of the blue for no reason? Thats… Read more »

Vince Gori
Vince Gori
1 month ago

I have to state, despite how bad it looks, one is innocent until proven guilty. This year has been full of sexual accusations against teams, leagues, players and the like. Let the legal system set this out and act accordingly. Athletes can be put in sticky situations where they can be pursued like a trophy. They indeed can be guilt on both sides of the accusations. This must be taken serious since a players career and reputation is at state. If he is guilty he will deserve what his punishment is, let it play out in the courts and not… Read more »

Michelle
Michelle
1 month ago

The account that made the accusation is one month old with zero followers and replies turned off, no specific information about the allegations, and AFAIK did not go to the police. Obviously if any of this is true he should face consequences, but as it stands, my BS detector is going off like a Klaxon alarm in my head. We saw what happened with Virtanen when someone with a vendetta made an accusation. If we’re just throwing accusations at players we don’t like for any reason, I suppose I could say Brad Marchand assaulted me in college and his career… Read more »

cacastine
cacastine
1 month ago

All you “innocent until proven guilty” people have clearly been manipulated by a certain political party. When somebody is suspected of murder, they are arrested and put in jail and the news reports their arrest. They may be found innocent later, but that’s how things work, have always worked and there is nothing new about that. In fact people get more deference now than ever. All the media has done here is report on actions taken by Tampa Bay, the reason those actions were taken, and then Ian Cole’s statement about it. And I gotta be honest, that statement is….not… Read more »

Jason
Jason
1 month ago
Reply to  cacastine

Actually, no, they aren’t just immediately arrested and thrown in jail. Generally arrests are not made before investigations are done and there is enough evidence to pursue charges and THEN they make arrests

cacastine
cacastine
1 month ago
Reply to  Jason

If you have sufficient evidence to arrest, even if your case isnt done – you take that person off the street and eliminate the danger. In this case he hasnt been arrested. His employer rightly chose to suspend until the facts are clear.Nothing wrong with that.

Katz is Dumb
Katz is Dumb
1 month ago
Reply to  cacastine

Except at this point, there is no actual evidence or proof that Cole did anything wrong.
I could make up a post on here about you and something you did, should your employer or the law take action against you for my made up post?
Take your wokeness somewhere else. This is AMERICA where people are still INNOCENT until proven guilty

cacastine
cacastine
1 month ago
Reply to  Katz is Dumb

How exactly do you know there is no proof? This is AMERICA where a private employer has the RIGHT to suspend an EMPLOYEE if they are suspected of having committed a serious CRIME but some people are unable to separate the actions of private entities from government ones. Nobody has arrested Ian Cole.

Mark Connelly
Mark Connelly
1 month ago

I can’t comprehend making this kind of accusation on Twitter rather than going to the police and having charges formally filed. I have no idea whether Cole is guilty or not and I truly hope that justice prevails. But a false accusation on Twitter from an anonymous source could happen to any one of us.

Krrr
Krrr
1 month ago

So you think their was no due diligence done before they suspended him?
Just smoke, no fire, got him suspended. Right.

Katz is Dumb
Katz is Dumb
1 month ago
Reply to  Krrr

How exactly would they have used due diligence on an anonymous twitter post? The only person they could ask is Cole himself, and he is denying the allegations. That doesn’t sound like due diligence, it sounds like a knee jerk reaction to not become the target of the woke army.