A Dallas Stars assistant coach (James Patrick) has kept his team in the news. DallasNews.com has reported that Patrick has been accused of assaulting his girlfriend last week. It seems like alcohol may have been an issue in the alleged assault.
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill said the team knows about the report and issued this quote.
“We’re aware of the incident and have spoken to James regarding the matter. We’re confident that the authorities will find an appropriate resolution to the situation. We will have no further comment at this time.”[ Dallas News]
This is an all-too-common issue in sports, and life in general, but issues like this are not often linked to the NHL. However, in this case, the article on Dallas News shares some of the details.
Patrick got to his home in the 9100 block of Chapel Valley Road around 1:20 a.m. April 30. His girlfriend told police Patrick smelled like alcohol and was covered in vomit, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. [Dallas News]
They began to wrestle over the phone, and Patrick grabbed the woman’s throat and pushed her face into the bathroom faucet, police said. She suffered a cut on her lower lip during the incident. [Dallas News]
From what is available via the newspaper and arrest warrant affidavit, this whole event happened because of a text message on Patrick’s cell phone.
Patrick joined the Stars as an assistant coach when Lindy Ruff was hired as head coach, and he played 21 seasons as a defenseman with Buffalo, Calgary, Hartford, and the New York Rangers.
I wouldn’t expect any further comments from the Stars or Patrick on this issue.