This is the first incident to rub some luster off that shiny Cup the Stanley Cup Champions have been toting around LA and Vegas. And frankly, before hearing any of the unconfirmed details, the reaction Kings fans have is–already?
However this is not a post-Staley Cup Finals Celebration incident. The allegations stem from a March 1st incident in Hermosa Beach. According to The LA Times:
Sgt. Robert Higgins said the 25-year-old woman told police she met Doughty at a bar near the Hermosa Beach Pier on March 1. The two went to Doughty’s home, where she turned down a proposition in front of several teammates. They took a cab to her home, where she accused Doughty of raping her. The woman reported the incident to police the same day
The seriousness of the allegations directed at Doughty certainly outweigh his reputation and accomplishments as a professional athlete. True or untrue, the accusations need to be taken seriously.
True or untrue, the accusations could be even more damaging considering Doughty is a Stanley Cup Champion who provided 4 goals and 11 assists in the playoffs, and the defenseman is the highest paid player per year on the Kings. No matter the gender or who the persons invovled are, the accusations are not something to be taken lightly.
As it stands now, Doughty has not been formerly accused.
But reports from TMZ, and again from Higgins quoted in The Times have problems with the woman’s credibility.
Higgins said detectives asked her to call the hockey player while they listened, but she refused. He said the woman has been ‘less than cooperative’ and that the district attorney’s office and police have ‘found credibility problems.’
The DA is expected to make a decision on whether to file charges by Friday, although it seems unlikely now that he will be charged considering the reports of the credibility of the female accuser. Regardless whether she is truly credible, that would be a viable strategy by Doughty’s lawyer Greg Renetzky.
This has been an ongoing investigation, and it is unclear why this story has just come forward now. With a sports-centric viewpoint, it could have been to wait for the Kings season to end, which isn’t the first pejorative action against athletes that was delayed for competition recently. Ryan Braun’s positive test wasn’t brought to light until after the Brewers were eliminated from the playoffs, and the MVP votes were cast; and Floyd Mayweather’s 90 day jail sentence was pushed back in January to June 1st, to accommodate a fight against Miguel Cotto last month.
This fact misses the mark completely, but incidentally March 1st would have been fairly late (or early) on the night the Kings came back from a 4-0 victory over the Wild, two days before the Kings played the Ducks at home on March 3rd. The Kings were in 9th place in the conference at the time, 1 point behind the 8th seeded Stars. They went on to win 10 of their last 18.
It doesn’t appear that the now Stanley Cup Champion Kings were very distracted by the allegations.