Tampa Bay Lightning’s Ian Cole suspended over investigation into ‘sexual abuse allegations related to caring for a minor’

A HOCKEY pro has been suspended after a woman alleges he groomed and sexually abused her when she was a minor.

Ian Cole, a hockey defenseman who plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning, is awaiting the results of an ongoing NHL investigation into shocking claims made against him on Twitter.

Tampa Bay Lightning's Ian Cole has reportedly been suspended pending the results of an investigation into allegations of sexual assault

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Tampa Bay Lightning’s Ian Cole has reportedly been suspended pending the results of an investigation into allegations of sexual assaultPhoto credit: Getty
An anonymous Twitter user claimed Cole pressured her to have sex when she was underage while he was in the NHL

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An anonymous Twitter user claimed Cole pressured her to have sex when she was underage while he was in the NHLPhoto credit: Getty

Anonymous user Emily_Smith3333 posted a message on Twitter Friday and accused the Michigan native of assaulting her when she was in high school.

On Sunday evening, the Lightning announced in one expression that Cole has been suspended while they investigate the allegations.

Prosecutors claim Cole nursed her for four years.

She also claimed that her first sexual encounter took place when she was a minor while Cole was in the NHL for a number of years.

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The alleged victim said Cole pushed her to have sex “although I made it clear I didn’t want it to.”

“He wouldn’t take no for an answer,” read the shocking statement.

She also said that Cole made “derogatory misogynist comments” and showed her texts from other girls “to manipulate me into desperately seeking his approval and being less likely to speak up.”

According to the allegations, Cole bragged to his teammates about having sex with the victim years after the initial attack.

“Ian felt encouraged to emotionally and sexually abuse me because the NHL fosters a culture of misogyny,” the accuser said.

“The NHL must hold itself and its players accountable for creating an enabling environment for misogynistic and predatory behavior.”

The anonymous Twitter user did not provide a clear timeline as to when these alleged events took place.

The Lightning issued a statement responding to the allegations, saying: “Our organization takes these allegations very seriously.

“While we gather more details, we have decided to suspend Ian Cole pending the results of an inquest.

“No member of the organization, including players, will comment further at this time.”

Ian Cole, 33, was first drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

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He turned professional and signed with the Blues at the end of the 2009–10 season.

Cole won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2016-17 season.

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