We’re barely a week into the Los Angeles Kings celebrating their Stanley Cup victory and there’s already one damper on what was supposed to be a celebratory summer.
Kings star defenseman Drew Doughty is reportedly under investigation for a sexual assault that took place earlier this year. Doughty has not been charged with anything yet. From Rich Hammond over at LA Kings Insider:
Per both stories, Hermosa Beach Sgt. Robert Higgins said that a 25-year-old woman has alleged that Doughty forced her into a cab and then sexually assaulted her at her home. Per the Daily Breeze, Higgins said Doughty said the encounter was consensual. Per the Times, Higgins said that the accuser has been “less than cooperative” and that “credibility problems” have been found in her story.
We’ll have to see if anything comes of this, but it sounds like something that could end up being thrown out sooner, rather than later. Either way, we can expect a decision on whether or not charges will be filed within the next couple of days.
Doughty had a fantastic postseason for the Kings after signing a monster eight-year contract last summer. He had 16 points in 20 playoff games, including four goals.
As one of the young stars of the organization, the Kings are certainly hoping this situation ends quickly, and it sounds like it will. There are already reports that Doughty will be cleared, though those have yet to be confirmed. Either way, we’ll know very soon what becomes of this, if anything.