In the storm of coaching suspensions, firing and accusations, Dallas Stars head coach Jim Montgomery was fired.
At the time Stars general manager Jim Nill came out and said it had nothing to do with the player abuse revelations that were going on around the league.
Nill refused to make any further comments and Montgomery was nowhere to be found.
Now all the details have been revealed.
Earlier today Montgomery released a statement where he revealed he was dealing with serious alcohol abuse and would be entering a rehab program:
“Losing my job as head coach of the Dallas Stars last month was a wake-up call. It was also the appropriate call. I let the team’s front office, staff and players down. More importantly, I let my wife and my family down. The team’s decision to end my role forced me to look into the mirror and decide whether I wanted to continue living a damaging lifestyle or get help. I decided to get help. I turned to professionals in the field of alcohol abuse for their guidance and counseling. It has been an overwhelming and a very humbling experience knowing that I am not alone.
“Today, with the unconditional support of my wife and family, and many close friends, I took another step forward by admitting myself into an inpatient residential program, where I intend to take the steps to be a better husband, father, friend, coach and mentor – one day at a time. It’s a process I am committed to. As I do this, I ask that my family’s privacy be respected. Thanks, Monty.”
We wish him the best of luck.