Scott Turow has been named in a new lawsuit that alleges he was fired for speaking out against the former head coach of the Washington Capitals.
In a complaint filed Monday in federal court in Seattle, Turow’s attorney claims Turow was fired in 2014 and accused the coach of sexually harassing and pressuring him.
Turow, a former NHL player, has been a vocal critic of the coach.
Turows alleged that the coach forced him to do a massage, threatened to kill him and physically abused him.
“I was told that I was going to be the reason that the team lost the Stanley Cup,” Turow said in the lawsuit.
“I was not allowed to go out for drinks.
The coach would come up and talk to me about hockey, I’d be in the locker room and the coach would just stare at me, not give me a single look.
He would say, ‘We’re not giving you a break.’
He would go on and on.
I thought it was horrible.”
The NHL has said the allegations are without merit.
The NHL Players Association has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Tuley has denied all the allegations.
The complaint was filed on behalf of Turow by his former coach, Rick Bousquet, who also filed the lawsuit on behalf the Capitals.
Tuwell, who played for the Capitals from 2000-05, said he was a “victim” in the suit.
“He did not have the courage to speak out against his coach and to speak up for his teammates,” Tuwell said in a statement.
“He was fired from the team, denied the opportunity to coach another team and was forced to spend the next 15 months working in a hotel room in the middle of the country as his former teammate.
It is difficult to imagine a situation in which such a man would ever have the opportunity of a job as a coach, and it is difficult for me to believe that such a person would be willing to do this for his players.”
The Capitals announced they had reached an agreement to resolve the Turow case, but the case has yet to be heard by a judge.