Details in the sexual assault civil lawsuit against Mike Ribeiro have emerged from documents filed on Thursday in U.S. District Court.
On the Forecheck has the details of the interactions between Ribeiro and his former nanny dating back to 2012 while he was a member of the Dallas Stars.
Ribeiro continues to deny the allegations through his lawyer Brian Lauten.
“Mike and (wife) Tamara Ribeiro deny these allegations and will confront their accuser in a court of law,” Lauten said in a statement to The Tennessean. “In the meantime, heeding my advice, they will not be making any further comments. Mike is dedicated to being the best hockey player he can be and attempting to try this case outside the courtroom does a disservice to all parties.”
According to a report in March, Ribeiro’s former nanny is seeking more than $1 million in damages.
Ribeiro signed a one-year, $1.05 million contract with the Preds last summer after being bought out by the Arizona Coyotes.
The Tennessean reports that Ribeiro made Predators’ GM David Poile aware of the allegations at the time of his signing.
The Predators refused to comment on the new details in the case referring to a statement made in March.
Ribeiro is set to become an unrestricted free agent next month.
Adam Vingan reports that negotiations between Ribeiro and the Preds are on going.
“Mike Ribeiro, that’s one of the best stories of the year,” Poile said in May. “A real rebirth of his career. … He couldn’t be happier. His family couldn’t be happier here. His kids are in school; they’re all doing well. They love the whole area of Nashville. … I’d like to get that done.”
Predators GM David Poile has expressed interest in keeping pending unrestricted free agent Mike Ribeiro in Nashville.
However, Ribeiro’s agent Don Meehan told Adam Vingan of the Tennessean on Tuesday that his client is seeking a multi-year deal.
“We would want something longer than one year,” Meehan said.
Ribeiro signed a one-year $1.05 million deal with the Preds last July.
The 35-year-old scored 15 goals and 62 points in 82 games for the Preds in 2014-15 while averaging nearly 19 minutes a night in ice time. He added a goal and four helpers in six playoff games.
“I’d love to be back with the Predators next season,” Ribeiro said following the season.
The Preds inked Ribeiro to a deal last summer after the Arizona Coyotes bought him out.
Perhaps the Nashville Predators face a few “What ifs?” considering the fact that Shea Weber got injured during their series against the Chicago Blackhawks, yet it doesn’t sound like they’ll need to play without him to start the 2015-16 season.
Weber told the Tennessean that his rehab from a knee injury (and eventual surgery) is going smoothly.
In fact, it sounds like the 29-year-old is on track to participate in Predators training camp.
“Just going to obviously try to find out from the doctor and see what he thinks, and if it’s ready to go, then we’ll go when he says it is,” Weber said. “I think there’s no question that I should be ready for training camp.”
That’s promising for Nashville.
The question is: how many players from the 2014-15 team will join him?
Predators GM David Poile more or less admitted that Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli will not be back. Unrestricted free agents Mike Ribeiro and Mike Fisher are big considerations, while RFAs such as Colin Wilson and Craig Smith should get raises. The team has up-and-comers alongside Weber on defense and ample space to make improvements.
In other words, Weber should have help next season, but we’ll see how much he receives. Either way, a fully healthy Weber would obviously make a huge difference for Nashville.