Lightning's Ian Cole suspended amid allegations

 | October 10, 2022

The Tampa Bay Lightning suspended defenseman Ian Cole on Sunday night.

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Ian Cole, a defenseman for the Tampa Bay Lightning, was hit with a suspension after allegations surfaced of sexual abuse of a woman when she was a minor.

Tampa Bay released a statement and said they are aware of the allegations against Cole and are cooperating fully with the NHL.

The statement reads: “Our organization takes these allegations very seriously. While we continue to gather more details, we have decided to suspend Ian Cole pending the results of an investigation.

“No members of the organization, including players, will comment further at this time.”

This didn’t ring true for Cole, however, who issued a statement “completely” denying the allegations brought against him.

Cole commented: “I take the allegations made against me today in an anonymous tweet very seriously. I look forward to clearing my name and demonstrating to the NHL and the Tampa Bay Lightning that these allegations are unfounded.”

In a tweet, a person wrote that Cole groomed her for four years which started when she was in high school. The tweet didn’t say where or how Cole groomed her.

A source revealed to ESPN’s Emily Kaplan that Cole's suspension is considered paid leave.

This is Ian Cole’s 13th NHL season and he signed a one-year deal with the Lightning during the offseason after originally being drafted by the St. Louis Blues in 2010.

Cole has played for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild, and Carolina Hurricanes in his career.

The Lightning are set to open the regular season against the New York Rangers on Tuesday, a game that Cole was expected to play in.

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