Ducks GM Bob Murray resigns over abuse allegations

Ducks GM Bob Murray resigns over abuse allegations.

Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray has resigned from the Ducks, the team announced on Wednesday. The move comes a day after Anaheim put him on administrative leave amid allegations of long-term abuse within the organization.

In an earlier statement, the team said it recently learned of the allegations against Murray; After an internal review, he enlisted a third party, the Los Angeles-based law firm Sheppard Mullin, to investigate the alleged toxic work environment that Murray was fostering. The team will reportedly carry the investigation to its conclusion, even after Murray’s resignation.

League sources told the Daily face to face directed verbal abuse and ongoing harassment, perhaps for years, toward the Ducks’ players, coaches, and other staff.

“Working for Bob Murray was pure daily mental warfare,” a source told the Daily Faceoff. “The abuse was endless. Crazy text messages to players and staff berating them for their performance and threats to job security. “

Murray, 66, entered his 45th consecutive year in the NHL in 2021, whether as a player, coach or executive. The third-longest-serving general manager in the NHL, he also announced that he will enter an alcohol abuse treatment program, which reportedly is paid by the owner of the Ducks, Henry Samueli.

“First, we apologize on behalf of the organization to anyone affected by Bob’s misconduct,” the Ducks said in a statement Wednesday. “We expect all members of our organization to be treated with respect and we will not admit to abuse of any kind. Bob submitted his resignation this morning while informing us of his decision to enter an alcohol abuse program. While we do not tolerate your conduct, we fully support your efforts to improve your physical and mental health by asking for help.”

Murray also issued a statement through the team, apologizing to “anyone negatively affected by my behavior.”

“I want to apologize to anyone negatively affected by my behavior. I promise to make changes in my life, starting with enrolling in a treatment program. I want to thank Henry, Susan Samueli and Michael Schulman, as working for them has been one of the aspects highlights of my career, “said Murray. “As I walk away from the Ducks, I will focus my attention on where I should be: improving my life for the good of my family and friends.”

ESPN hockey reporter Emily Kaplan speculated that sources within the Ducks organization eventually reported Murray’s abuse after the NHL, in the wake of the Blackhawks’ sexual assault scandal, sent teams a memorandum demanding they report all abuse cases.