The NHL has released notes from its investigation of former Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon whom was accused of using "inappropriate racial, religious, and ethnic comments" during his time with the Panthers.
Just to get you up to speed, George Richards of Florida Hockey Now reported back in July that the NHL had been investigating Tallon for using a racial slur while representing the team.
“...according to a source, Tallon is being accused of using racially-charged language at some point during the team’s time in the Toronto postseason bubble.”
After a full, third-party investigation, the NHL has ruled that the allegations against Tallon are unsubstantiated. Tallon has been completely exonerated.
Read below for the full press release announcement on Tallon's exoneration:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK (Oct. 29, 2020) – The National Hockey League announced today that the anonymous report it received that Dale Tallon made inappropriate racial, religious, and ethnic comments while serving as General Manager of the Florida Panthers has been fully investigated and was not substantiated.
The anonymous report alleged that Tallon, then-General Manager of the Panthers, had used racially derogatory language while the team was in the Toronto Secure Zone during the first week of August, and had in the past made openly racial, religious, and ethnic comments.
The same day it received the anonymous report about Tallon, the NHL retained Seyfarth Shaw LLP to conduct a full, confidential investigation. Among other steps, Seyfarth interviewed over a dozen individuals in the Panthers’ organization, and reviewed all information made available from representatives of the source through which the anonymous report was made.
The allegations were neither corroborated nor substantiated, and are inconsistent with Tallon’s past actions and his affirmative efforts in support of diversity and inclusion initiatives. As a result, based on the investigation, the NHL has further concluded that there has been no established violation of NHL policy or protocols.
The NHL will have no further comment on this matter.
For what it's worth, there have been numerous reports linking Tallon to the Pittsburgh Penguins' front office staff. Don't be surprised if the veteran GM lands an executive level job with the club in short order.
The full press release announcement of the NHL's findings from their investigation can be read by clicking the link below: