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Morning Skate: Don't buy the Blackhawks' story about Garret Ross

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How could they not know he was charged with a felony?

Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

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Lace 'em up. Time for the Morning Skate.

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ANOTHER BLACKHAWK IN TROUBLE

The Blackhawks suspended one of their prospects yesterday, and I'm not buying the story they're selling.

Garret Ross is a 23-year-old winger playing with the Rockford IceHogs, the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate. In early February, Ross was charged with one count of non-consensual dissemination of sexual images. You might know that crime as "revenge porn." The state of Illinois passed the toughest laws against revenge porn of any state in the U.S. last year, so Ross apparently doesn't read the news.

But that's beside the point. He was charged with a felony in early February. The Blackhawks only responded in late March. In fact, let's go over the entire timeline, as the Chicago Tribune reported it:

Right. There are two possibilities at play here. The first is that the Blackhawks really didn't know that someone in their organization was charged and arrested for a felony for two whole months, which means the front office harbors some level of incompetence. The second possibility is that they knew about it and just ... did nothing. Which is inexcusable.

I don't know what the truth is, and I suspect we'll never know. But for those who already feel the league doesn't have the best interests of women at heart, it's not a great look.

SPEAKING OF...
  • Pension Plan Puppets spoke to their female staffers about their frustrations with the sport's ignorance right now. It's great, and you should check it out.

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