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Darren McCarty just wants to be left alone

Jun 6, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

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Former Red Wings grind line stud Darren McCarty is doing a lot to clean up his life. Some of his friends aren’t taking his new lifestyle so well, apparently.

According to The Detroit News, McCarty and his wife took out an order of protection against four of their friends because he’s trying to straighten up his life and get away from his old partying ways.

“All we want is to be left alone,” McCarty said in an interview. “I ignored some of the things they were doing and was willing to let it go, until they started threatening my wife and me. Death threats.

“They don’t like me because I’m not running around with them anymore, and they don’t like her because we got married and just want to get on with our lives.”

On top of the death threats and other ugly behavior, the McCartys allege the four former friends are stalking them both on the Internet and real life. The price of fame can be rough when things turn ugly like this.

  1. scionofflame - Jun 6, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Ridiculous…wow, shows just how much he -did- need to clean up his life if he’s got ‘friends’ like these as part of his life. I hope it all pans out for him.

  2. hockeyflow33 - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Always seemed like a really good guy so it’s too bad he had all those problems

  3. bennywuh - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    A view into Patrick Kane’s future??

  4. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Certain people need to be left alone

  5. t16rich - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Good for him. Recognizing that the people you thought were friends, really are not friends, is tough. And regardless how tough you are, as a grown man getting involved in these types of fights is not worth your time or risk of injury. Enjoy your family because clearly your friends are anything but friends. Darren was a beauty to watch in Detroit. One of my favorite players to watch back then. He had a mean look on his face and he played like it.

  6. drewsylvania - Jun 7, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Am I the only one who wonders if he owes them money or coke?

  7. dirkified - Jun 7, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Drew, I am thinking the same thing. Probably a drug deal gone bad and he owes his “friends” $. Pretty damn good reason his 4 “friends” are tracking him down and making death threats.. No one does that when they lose a drinking buddy.

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