The NHL announced Thursday that an outside investigation has found that allegations of “inappropriate racial, religious, and ethnic comments” made against former Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon “were neither corroborated nor substantiated.”
In August, the NHL received an anonymous report that alleged Tallon used “racially charged language” during the Panthers’ time in the Eastern Conference’s playoff hub. The league says it retained Seyfarth Shaw LLP to conduct an investigation on the same day it received the report.
Below is the NHL’s full statement on the investigation’s findings:
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.
Tallon and the Panthers mutually agreed to part ways on Aug. 10 after Tallon’s contract as president of hockey operations and general manager expired. Tallon had spent 10 years with the organization, but the team had reached the post-season just twice during his tenure and only advanced past the first round of the playoffs once.
— With files from The Associated Press