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Bob Murray Resigns, But Questions Remain
By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that Bob Murray has resigned as Executive Vice President and General Manager. He will enroll in an alcohol abuse program. Jeff Solomon will remain as the Interim General Manager.
The Ducks Owners Henry and Susan Samueli released this statement:
“First and foremost, we apologize on behalf of the organization to anyone affected by misconduct from Bob. We expect every member of our organization to be treated with respect and will not stand for abuse of any kind.
Bob tendered his resignation this morning, while also informing us of his decision to enter an alcohol abuse program. While we do not condone his conduct, we fully support his efforts to improve his physical and mental health by asking for help.
We will now begin a methodical, extensive search for a permanent General Manager to lead us forward. We expect to complete this process no later than next summer.”
Bob Murray made this statement:
“I want to apologize to anyone adversely affected by my behavior. I vow to make changes to my life, starting with enrolling in a treatment program. I want to thank Henry and Susan Samueli, and Michael Schulman, as working for them has been one of the highlights of my career. As I step away from the Ducks, I will focus my attention on where it should be: improving my life for the betterment of my family and friends.”
The NHL posted this about the situation:
Henry Samueli is paying for Murray’s rehab according to ESPN’s Emily Kaplan. It is good to see the Ducks organization take action against the improper behavior of Murray and get him help. However, there are still some unanswered questions, which need to be addressed by the owners Henry and Susan Samueli.
When did this abusive behavior began exactly? It appears to have been going on for YEARS according to multiple reports.
And when did the organization know about this conduct? If the owners didn’t know about this behavior early on, then why not? Did they turn a blind eye and ignore the problem or were they out of touch? Or was it something else?
I hope Bob Murray gets the help he needs. I have seen family and friends deal with alcoholism and there isn’t always a quick fix to the situation. He has always been respectful to me when I communicated with him and I wish him the best.
As for the team, it’s time for a new era in Ducks history. Anaheim was once a contending team every season and they are trending upward currently. I look forward to what the future has in store for this team regardless who the new General Manager is.
Jeff Solomon will address the media tomorrow about this situation.
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November 10th, 2021