Dating man sexually abused child

“I didn’t hang out on the surface with your average Joe,” Fleury writes.“I would go five, six, seven, eight levels below the streets of New York and party with freaks, transvestites, strippers and all kinds of shady people.” He also got deeply into gambling during that period.Through all this, he was engaged in three long-term relationships, marrying twice and having four children.But as his career progressed, stripper bars became his home away from home, he says.Would I have been invited to the Hockey Canada camp that led to Piestany, which led to the NHL?Get real.” His refusal to come clean after James was arrested in 1997 is harder to explain.He was hailed as a hero for coming forward, and said at the time one other NHL player had been abused.He did not name the player, and while speculation quickly enveloped Fleury, it died off when it became clear the player had no intention of addressing the issue.

The league finally forced him into treatment in the summer of 2001, which allowed him to compete in the 2002 Winter Games, where the Canadian men’s hockey team won a gold medal.It effectively made Kennedy—his friend and teammate at the time in Calgary—the public face of the scandal (a third player who was abused while James was coach of the WHL Swift Current Broncos in the late 1980s has also remained anonymous).In an exclusive interview with this week, Fleury says the two addressed the issue in summer of 1997, in Arizona.He quickly learned that liquor and drugs dulled his anxiety, and recalls that descent in painstaking detail.He discovered alcohol at 16 and, after being drafted by the Calgary Flames in 1987, he began using marijuana and cocaine, quickly becoming, in his own words, a full-blown addict.

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