I want to start by saying that I was not there when the arrest was made in Buffalo and this solely based on facts reported from the incident and, my personal opinion on the situation. Really. I had to say something...
Earlier today, a direct source close to the situation has revealed to the Associated Press and the Ottawa Sun that Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee has been charged with harassment.
The harassment charges are being put into motion after an altercation that occurred during a shuttle bus ride back to his Buffalo hotel.
Later in the day, details emerged on what actually took place at the Westin Hotel, in Buffalo, where Lee is currently attending the league’s annual pre-draft scouting combine, along with several other NHL team officials.
According to District Attorney John Flynn, Lee was held in custody because he is a Canadian citizen and is facing a fine. The report is that Lee made a allegdly put his hands on the 19-year-old male employee’s shoulders and made a “lewd” remark.
Now I am not saying that getting flirted by someone you have no interest in is not annoying. It can surely be uncomfortable. However, according to the details provided so far by the District Attorney John Flynn, as per Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, it seems like the kid is pushing it.
I am just saying: he might have already done this to a woman his age and she didn’t call the police on him! Let’s be honest, it seems like this is pushing it and it might have not been made public if Lee wasn’t a man or an NHL executive.
This is of course if Lee ONLY touched his shoulders... Now it is hard, especially recently with all the sexual harassment situations being put forward, to be critical of the employee. There must be more investigating done here.
For the past 23 seasons, Lee has been a member of the Senators. He has just completed his fourth as assistant general manager. He has been working with GM Pierre Dorion in the Sens’ front office.
Speaking of the team, the Senators have yet to respond to a message seeking comment on the situation with Lee and any update on the arraignment, both coming from the Associated Press and the Ottawa Sun.
What do you think?