Content warning: This story contains a lot of frank discussion of sexual assault.
On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced they had reached a settlement with Jarrod and Erin Skalde regarding a sexual assault by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach John Donatelli. As part of that settlement, no further details will be released, which is very much the outcome that Gary Bettman‘s NHL wanted.
That story is now owned by the league, whose new culture of accountability shares the same mission as the previous culture of accountability: protect owners’ assets. Wherever the damage is stopped, it must be stopped before it reaches the capital. That is all Gary Bettman’s job is and all it has ever been.