We’ve been keeping a stray eye on the case surrounding infamous youth coach Graham James who was brought back to Canada to face charges that were brought against him by former Flames superstar Theo Fleury. James was brought back to Winnipeg to face the music and today bad news for those hoping to see him locked away in prison. TSN Bob McKenzie noted for us on Twitter that James was released on bail today.
For the public and for fans of Theo Fleury and Sheldon Kennedy, who both suffered under James’ tutelage, it’s an outrageous turn of events. Legally speaking, it unfortunately makes sense. After James was unbelievably pardoned he left Canada to live in Mexico. When Fleury brought charges against James and he was discovered living south of the border, he willingly came back to Canada to face the music. He’s not viewed to be a flight risk and after coughing up the money for bail he’s free to go.
I doubt this will be the last we’ll hear of things and as for Theo Fleury’s thoughts on what happened, he tweeted this after hearing the news.
Graham James let out on bail. Call your MP’s. Nice leadership display by the people were suppose to trust.
Fleury feeling upset by this whole process is more than understandable. At some point we’ll see justice served on this matter, but for now frustration will win the day.
Finally, some good news concerning the robbery that occurred after Pat Burns’ funeral. In case you’ve forgotten the awful story, Line Burns had her car broken into and personal items from her husband, former head coach Pat Burns, were stolen. Items included suitcases filled with personal items including Burns’ wallet as well as 30 hockey jerseys that were set to be auctioned off. Police in Montreal have recovered two suitcases that were taken in the robbery. CTV Montreal has the details.
Montreal police say a citizen turned in two suitcases Thursday afternoon that were taken when thieves smashed into Burns’ car in an outdoor parking lot earlier this week.
Const. Yannick Paradis says the man found the luggage not far from the crime scene.
“Inside the two suitcases there were several items that belonged to Mr. Pat Burns,” Paradis said.
“At this point, the 30 jerseys of the different NHL teams are still missing as well as the watch and other items.”
Police checked the man out and determined he was not involved in the robbery.
It’s just a little bit of news, but it’s good news nonetheless for the Burns family. Once those jerseys are found, Burns’ charity is going to really benefit from their auction especially after this whole ordeal.
Sometimes there are stories that restore your faith in the human condition and make you feel better about the world we live in.
This is not one of those stories.
Yesterday, former head coach Pat Burns was laid to rest in Montreal following his death due to terminal lung cancer. Over 1,000 people turned out for his funeral to pay respects to the former policeman turned hockey icon. It turns out that some folks don’t know how to be respectful of those in mourning as it was reported today that Burns’ wife, Line, had her car broken into and had items that were set to be sold at auction to benefit Pat Burns’ charity stolen.
Montreal police say someone broke into the car belonging to his wife, Line, and stole a number of the Burns family’s valuable possessions.
The stolen items included 30 autographed hockey jerseys, jewelry, and the late coach’s wallet.
Every time you think you’ve heard one of the worst stories something else always comes along to top it. Montreal police are asking that whoever stole the items to return them and given that this went down in Montreal, I wouldn’t want to be the guy guilty of robbing the widow of such a highly respected man. Given that the jerseys in particular were set to be sold for charity makes this crime all the more disgusting.
Stealing a dead man’s wallet though? I don’t know how a person can live with themselves after doing such a thing. Here’s to hoping that swift justice can be enacted in Montreal. If you’re looking to help out, the Montreal Gazette has the people to get in contact with to help catch this person.
Police are asking anyone with information, or anyone who might spot the items on a classified ad website or in a pawn shop, to call their confidential Infocrime line at 514-393-1133.
The thief, or thieves, are also being encouraged to call the line, Lemieux added. They can set up a drop-off point for the items, and no questions will be asked.
Going “no questions asked” is a good way to make sure the person responsible can save their own neck and from being run out of town.