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Photo: John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

The hockey player referred to as John Doe throughout the Chicago Blackhawks' sexual assault investigation revealed himself on Wednesday, the day after the investigation concluded that the Blackhawks failed to properly address his accusations over a decade ago.

Driving the news: In an emotional interview with TSN, Kyle Beach opened up about his experience, both in the months surrounding and decade since his assault.

The big picture: This past May, Beach — as John Doe — publicly accused former Blackhawks video coach Brad Aldrich of sexually assaulting him during Chicago's 2010 Stanley Cup run.

  • Beach, who was drafted 11th overall by the Blackhawks in 2008, was with the team in 2010 as a "Black Ace" — a minor leaguer called up to the practice squad.
  • When Beach reported the assault, his accusations were dismissed by the team who, in Beach's words, felt "trying to win a Stanley Cup was more important than sexual assault."
  • An independent investigation was launched in June after news broke that a group of five Blackhawks executives had indeed discussed the accusations but failed to file a report.

After the investigation concluded, the Blackhawks on Tuesday acknowledged their mishandling of the incident, saying they "did not live up to our own standards or values."

  • The NHL fined the team $2 million, and president Stan Bowman, who in 2010 was the GM, resigned.

Immediately after Beach's interview aired, the Blackhawks issued a statement to "acknowledge and commend Kyle Beach's courage in coming forward."

  • "The Chicago Blackhawks reiterate our deepest apologies to him for what he has gone through and for the organization's failure to promptly respond ... It was inexcusable."

The bottom line: "I felt like I was alone and there was nothing I could do and nobody I could turn to for help," Beach told TSN.

  • "I buried this for 10 years, 11 years, and it has destroyed me from the inside out. I want everybody to know in the sports world, and the world, that you're not alone."

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Fallout from Blackhawks scandal continues

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville listens to questions during their end-of-season media availability at the United Center on April 22, 2017. Photo: Jim Young/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Late last night, Quenneville resigned as coach of the Florida Panthers, where he had led the team to a 7-0 start. Coach Q owns the best playoff record (76-52) in Blackhawks history, including winning three Stanley Cups. He was let go by the Hawks in 2018. In Chicago, we are used to seeing cover-up scandals in politics and business, but sports scandals are usually about on-the-field failures or off-the-field legal run-ins.

  • This Blackhawks scandal is different.

Biden administration makes first move on data privacy

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Biden administration is launching its first big effort on privacy policy by looking at how data privacy issues affect civil rights.

Why it matters: An administration perspective on privacy policy could be key in developing a long-awaited national privacy law by putting the White House stamp on how to regulate privacy.

Axios Investigates

Exclusive: Airbnb hosts Xinjiang rentals on land owned by sanctioned group

Data: Axios research, Airbnb, Australia Strategic Policy Institute's International Cyber Policy Centre; Map: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Airbnb has more than a dozen homes available for rent in China's Xinjiang region on land owned by an organization sanctioned by the U.S. government for complicity in genocide and forced labor, an Axios investigation has found.

Why it matters: The listings expose Airbnb to regulatory risk under U.S. law. They also land yet another American tech company in the crossfire between the U.S. and China.