AGOSTINELLI: The Montreal Canadiens have legitimized rape culture by drafting Logan Mailloux

Gianluca Agostinelli, a PhD candidate in Educational Studies at Brock University, wrote a piece recently published in The Conversation about a controversial draft pick by the Montreal Canadiens hockey team and the culture of sexual violence that often permeates men’s sport.

He writes:

After coming up short in the Stanley Cup final, the Montreal Canadiens have lost again after drafting a player charged with distributing a sexual photo without consent.

In the recent NHL entry draft, the franchise selected 18-year-old defenceman Logan Mailloux in the first round, a move that has generated a great deal of complex, divisive dialogue.

Whether users’ comments condemn or condone Mailloux’s unlawful conduct, they help highlight the ongoing influence of rape culture in men’s hockey and prompt a necessary, contentious discussion about whether — and when — athletes accused of sex crimes deserve a second chance from teams and fans.”

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