Charges Dropped, Garret Ross Reinstated By Blackhawks

On Tuesday afternoon, criminal charges against Blackhawks prospect Garret Ross were dropped. Ross, 23, had been accused of sending revenge porn to a woman involved with one of his IceHogs teammates.

As the Hawks’ 4-1 loss in Minnesota came to a close, the Blackhawks released the following statement:

On March 23, 2016, the Chicago Blackhawks suspended Garret Ross after learning of a legal proceeding against him, and stated at that time that the suspension was indefinite pending the outcome of the legal process. We learned today, March 29, that the legal process concluded in Illinois with the dismissal of all charges against Garret. As a result, Garret Ross is reinstated with the IceHogs, effective immediately. We will have no further comment on the matter.

22 thoughts on “Charges Dropped, Garret Ross Reinstated By Blackhawks

  1. Check written. Accuser paid. Lawyers paid as well. Hawks get out the broom and sweep this messiness under the rug.

    Pass the vomit bag.

  2. I always liked Ross and still do. The law on these kinds of things is a joke. Only if they could go back in time who would have been charged with whatever things. Over the course of time things are be coming a joke when it comes to laws. I am a serious person but seriously, arrest everybody who drinks beer before 21 and ever has ahs sex before 18. Every law is to keep control of the general public because they cant handle it. Riot control. Just get Seagal on their ass.

  3. Props to the organization for standing by their player. Let’s not forget Ross put up great numbers his first two seasons, from which he almost certainly deserved a call up. Also he has had this “investigation” looming since August. Hard to play with that kind of pressure. Hope he comes back hungry , I don’t see the sense in the hawks using his draft pick and not letting him get a game throughout his ELC

  4. Apparently, in the US, people are now found guilty as accused…no evidence, no due process, etc. What sickens me is the people who make up their minds (and then close them) based on what they get from the media…because we all know how righteous and unbiased they are. Of course, these are the same people who will cry foul when it happens to them. If you don’t like our system, change it…or go somewhere else where you think it’s better.

  5. I read the charges were dropped because Illinois didnt have jurisdiction.It’s hard to defend what he did. It’s online or its not. Roughly half the country has these laws. The other half does not. The date of offense was 8/31. Just before training camp. Ross is from Michigan and Michigan along with Indiana do not have these laws.

  6. I doubt this investigation has been going on since August. The date of offense was 8/31. He was arrested and charged in february. Went to court once. Then was about to go again before the story broke. Chances are he posted this 8/31 and it took a while for someone who knew the girl to find it.

  7. Ernie is stating the facts, Wayne. Is that so hard for your self-righteous mind to understand? Yes, we all know that you’re the expert on all things pertaining to players lives off the ice, but it’s time for you to take your own advice.

  8. Wayne, you’re the one everyone else would like to be quieted. Frankly I enjoy the arguing to an extent as I find it comical. You’re still yet to tell me what Kane did wrong. I’m not saying he’s an angel or even a role model. You only come around when stuff like this happens and perhaps not coincidentally showed up when the false allegation against Kane came about. I’ve yet to see anything insightful or even hockey related come from you.

  9. Hockey Yack, I personally know the victim and so does any male in the hockey community of Chicago. She put herself in these situations all the time cause she has mental issues. She did not get a check and is actually pissed about this.

  10. Regardless of “mental issues”.

    Ross shouldn’t have done what he did.

    Ladies, don’t send pictures like that to anyone unless you don’t care the end result. You send something like that, its no longer your personal property. You can’t expect it to not be shared. Use a little common sense. Not going to give Ross a pass. He played with fire and got burned. And was upset enough to do something that makes him appear very untrustworthy.

  11. Tony, you wouldn’t know a fact if you fell over one.

    Ernie, stop posting. You’re wasting space.

  12. Wayne – why do you post here? All you do is name call and belittle people and you never say anything of note about hockey. Your anger management issues are boring. Seek help elsewhere.

  13. Kind of odd that the Hawks were so quick to reinstate him. The charges were dropped in “Illinois” because Illinois has no jurisdiction as the alleged incident occurred while both the Victim & Offender were in I believe Michigan at the time.

    Sloppy investigation by whatever agency took the initial complaint here in Illinois, one of the first things you do is to verify if the crime occurred in your jurisdiction, otherwise you do a lot of work for nothing.

    I guess the Hawks are confident that a complaint won’t be filed against Ross in Michigan…

    Very curious…

  14. Joey, Michigan does not have the same laws regarding “revenge porn”. Apparently a video was sent via text to a teammate. Had he posted this online I believe it could be tried in Michigan.

    Regarding the Hawks, What are they supposed to do? They cant suspend him as no actual offense took place…even though it kind of did. If they don’t reinstate him when the charges are dropped the union files a grievance. Its a no win situation for them.

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