On Oct. 27th, Graham James, the infamous hockey coach turned sexual predator, was once again arrested for sexual allegations against him. James, who was once named Man of the Year by The Hockey News, has been the subject of controversy and scandal for the better part of two decades now.
In 1996, two of his former minor league players, Sheldon Kennedy and another anonymous player, came forward with complaints against him for sexual abuse between the years of 1984 and 1995.
After pleading guilty to 350 counts of sexual assault, he was sentenced to three and a half years in prison and was paroled in 2001.
In 2009, his former players once again accused him of sexual assault, most notably Theo Fleury, who revealed in his book that James had molested him for years during his time in the junior ice hockey league.
And this is where the story starts to get weird.
Just two years prior to Fleury’s accusations, the Canadian National Parole Board had pardoned James giving him the opportunity to coach a junior hockey team again. However, the Canadian Hockey Association treated him with a lifetime ban from coaching, so he fled to Guadalajara, Mexico.Despite relocating to a new country, James was not immune to the allegations brought against him by Fleury.
In October, the Winnipeg police issued a warrant for his arrest and that’s when he decided to go back to Canada and turn himself him. Now, one would gather, based on the facts, that he would be denied bail and sentenced to life in prison, considering that this latest arrest gives him nine charges, to go along with his 350 tally. But, for some reason, that’s just not the case.
According to the reports, a judge has decided to grant bail to Mr. James. Are you kidding me? How many chances are we going to give this guy? He practically has as many counts of sexual assault as there are days in a year.
How about we lock this guy up and throw away the key? We’ll even let him keep the Man of the Year trophy, just as long as he doesn’t use it to poke people.
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