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Testimony from trial against Ducks GM Murray: “This was no accident”

Aug 15, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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On Tuesday, testimony was heard in a lawsuit filed by a woman claiming Anaheim GM Bob Murray assaulted her following a Ducks playoff loss to Detroit in 2009.

[Click here for incident background.]

Rachel Paris told jurors that Murray, angered after the Ducks lost to the Wings in the seventh and deciding game of the Western Conference semifinals, hit her twice in the chest with a long-legged bar stool, knocking her against the wall of the press box.

More, from the Detroit Free Press:

“I yelled at him to stop,” she said, describing how she tried to prevent Murray from walking away. “He turned around and glared at me and continued up the aisle.”

Paris said she reported the incident to Detroit police officers at Joe Louis Arena and that Murray appeared a short time later and apologized.

“He said, ‘I’m so sorry. This was an accident,’ ” she testified.

” ‘You and I both know that this was no accident,’ ” Paris said she replied.

Paris said she suffered from shoulder and back injuries, headaches and chipped teeth — which, along with other problems, cost her a job as a stage manager at sporting events.

Murray’s lawyer used his opening statement to tell jurors that Paris is faking her injuries. He then proceeded to show video evidence of her making a three-mile walk and lifting a two-and-a-half gallon gas can.

  1. elvispocomo - Aug 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    I’m not sure the injuries alone would cost her a job she already had. It’d seem she was in a position that involved organization and delegation rather than be the hands on/heavy lifting person.

    I could see how Murray might have hit or thrown a stool that ended up hitting her, and perhaps that bounced and hit her again, but hardly that he threw or swung it intentionally at her, not once but twice.

    Meh, who knows. I’m just waiting on hearing what the NHL has to say on the CBA proposal from yesterday.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      Intent has very little to do with it. Either he caused her injuries due to his negligence or he didn’t, end of story. Why was she there in the first place? It will be the last time for her.

  2. joshuakorr - Aug 15, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    She must be asking for an obscene amount of money, otherwise Murray and the Ducks would have paid her to have this go away. The claim sounds improbable. We’re supposed to believe that an NHL GM got angry after his team lost, so he picked up a barstool and viscously attacked an innocent woman with it? He probably got angry and kicked/threw the barstool and that hit the woman, which is bad, but no doubt they offered her something in the $10k-$50k range to make this go away. She should have taken it.

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