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

The Chicago Blackhawks released the findings of an independent investigation Tuesday that centered on "disturbing" sexual misconduct allegations dating back to 2010.

Driving the news: The report found that the team's senior management had "violated" the Blackhawks' own sexual harassment policy and failed to properly address sexual harassment and assault allegations.

  • The NHL later announced it had fined the organization $2 million for its "inadequate internal procedures" and untimely response regarding former video coach Brad Aldrich's employment.
  • The Chicago Blackhawks acknowledged their mishandling of sexual misconduct, saying they "did not live up to our own standards or values in handling these disturbing incidents."
  • Stan Bowman, the team's general manager who was one of the senior leaders cited in the investigation, announced his resignation following the release of the report.

Details: The investigation, which was conducted by former assistant U.S. attorney Reid Schar, centered on the statements of a player, referred to as John Doe in the report, who alleged that Aldrich had sexually assaulted him in the latter's apartment.

  • Aldrich told investigators that the "encounter" was consensual, per the report, and denied sexually assaulting John Doe.
  • The scope of the investigation was "broad and comprehensive," and it included the testimony of more than 1oo witnesses, according to the league.

What they're saying: "We deeply regret the harm caused to John Doe and the other individuals who were affected and the failure to promptly respond," the team said in a statement addressing the investigation.

  • "What we do off the ice is equally as important as anything we do on it."
  • "The team needs to focus on its future, and my continued participation would be a distraction," Bowman said in a statement.
  • "I relied on the direction of my superior that he would take appropriate action. Looking back, now knowing he did not handle the matter promptly, I regret assuming he would do so," he added.

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Updated Dec 20, 2021 - Sports

Peng's sexual assault denial raises further concerns about her well-being

China's Shuai Peng during a 2020 WTA Shenzhen Open match in Shenzhen, China. Photo: Zhong Zhi/Getty Images

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has denied that former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli sexually assaulted her, saying there had been a "misunderstanding" over her November social media post about him.

Why it matters: The Women's Tennis Association said that the former world No. 1 doubles player's comments in an interview with a Chinese-language Singaporean outlet, published on Sunday, did not address its concerns about her well-being, per Reuters.

Updated 1 hour ago - Economy & Business

Hybrid work now dominates the knowledge economy

llustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, most knowledge workers are in hybrid work arrangements, partly remote and partly in-office, a new survey finds.

By the numbers: 58% said they now work this way, in a survey of around 10,000 knowledge workers from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Japan, conducted last November by Future Forum, a research group backed by Slack.

Rents hit all-time high

Data: Zumper; Chart: Axios Visuals

The national median price of a one-bedroom rental apartment in January was up 12% year-over-year, to $1,374 — an all-time high, per Zumper, an online apartment rental site.

Why it matters: Inflation is taking a bigger bite out of people's paychecks these days not only in food and gasoline, but also in housing costs.