Throw out hockey player lawsuit, University of Ottawa asks judge
Andrew Seymour, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: June 25, 2015
Greenspon said the players are seeking damages for Rock’s decision to go public and tar all the players with the same brush after the allegations of sexual misconduct first arose. Greenspon alleged that Rock knew at the time that only two players were allegedly involved, and that Creppin and at least four other players weren’t even at the hotel at the time of the alleged incident.
Greenspon said Rock, as a former federal justice minister, knew better than anyone the damage such serious sexual misconduct allegations could cause to the players who weren’t involved. Greenspon alleged Rock acted in malice and bad faith, and the lawsuit should be allowed to proceed to trial to allow a judge to decide whether the school and Rock were negligent.
“Mr. Rock chose to convene these national press conferences and damn these individuals when he knew they were not involved,” said Greenspon.
“He acted in a deliberate, calculated and punitive way, despite that knowledge,” alleged Greenspon. “He did that branding on young men he knew were innocent.”