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Did somebody loosen the bolts on Georges Laraque’s car tire causing it to fall off while he was driving down the highway?

Nov 1, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

The answer is yes, according to Laraque.

On Tuesday, the former NHL tough guy tweeted the following picture:

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Laraque, currently the executive director of the CHLPA (more on that later), then tweeted that the tire fell off because somebody had loosened the bolts.

The CHLPA, an aspiring union that hopes to represent junior hockey players, explained further on its Facebook page (full statement sic’d):

The CHLPA is happy to know that Georges Laraque was not injured yesterday, Oct 30th, 2012 after the bolts on the front wheel of his Hydrid vehicle were loosened, causing him to lose control of his vehicle on the highway. “I must have a guardian angel” Laraque said, after realizing that he was the victim of vandals in their attempt to sabotage him “It’s disgusting” He said.

Laraque’s Hybrid vehicle was tampered with yesterday, almost causing him to lose control of his vehicle, as well as putting other drivers who were on the highway at the same time as him in harms way.  The seriousness of the situation seems to have escalated over the past few days from random people making threats via prank calls, to loosening bolts on tires so they’ll fall off while driving.

However, Laraque on twitter today, wishes to forget the tragic events of yesterday and would like to wish each and everyone a very Happy Hallowe’en.

We are all very happy to know that Geroges is well and will not be deterred from focusing on what’s really important and that’s education.

On its own, this story would be odd. Combined with reports that CHLPA spokesman Derek Clarke may actually be convicted fraudster Randy Gumbley, it’s beyond bizarre.

If somebody did actually loosen the bolts on Laraque’s tire, why did they do it? And who did it?

Is this real life?

  1. phillyphan93 - Nov 1, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Sounds like the old mob stories, the history of Union development seems to be pretty rough. Tough business to get into.

  2. meldboy - Nov 1, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Maybe it was Brian McGrattan…….

  3. phillyphan93 - Nov 1, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Sounds like the old mafia/union related stories here on the east coast. Crazy stuff

  4. Stiller43 - Nov 1, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    I think the bigger story is Laraque owning a hybrid…

  5. peitash - Nov 1, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Did the release actually say he drives a “Hydrid?”

    • peitash - Nov 1, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      Also, “tragic” events? I guess the education fund really is important.

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 1, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      It must be some water-based car

  6. theawesomersfranchise - Nov 1, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    David Branch no doubt

  7. slickdemetrius - Nov 1, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Stupid act to do, but it couldn’t be because it was “devils night” could it?

  8. HawaiiHockey - Nov 1, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Oh no! Someone call a Guardian!

    Yes, pro owner readers. Please try to remember the guardians the next time you think the NHL has the means of making the money themselves. They don’t. All they got are crappy gimmicks that fall flat. You any fill up an arena to watch those bafoons Ina screen.

  9. dannythebisforbeast - Nov 1, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    I’ve loosened nuts before but I’ve never loosened a bolt. Are loosened bolts a Canadian thing?

    • ballistictrajectory - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:16 AM

      Similar to poutine…

    • workerparasite - Nov 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM

      I’ve loosened nuts on wheels before, but never on a tire. What kind of tires is he using that get bolted to the car? Typically the tire is on a wheel that is then bolted to the car. Must be a ‘Hydrid’ car thing.

  10. garryjercia - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Wait, which one of us is the reporter here. Is this a story or a Facebook post?

  11. fusionix7 - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:50 AM

    I’ve actually had that happen to me after a tire rotation. Driving in the country then all of a sudden I see a tire role by me, then it hits me, oh that’s mine, craaaaaap! I was able to get off to the side of the road with ease. The loose tire nearly took out a window of a house.

    I went and found it but couldn’t find the lug nuts to hold it in place. I actually had a presentation that day so of course I have crap all over my dress clothes. Strange enough some friendly people from Iowa pick me up and take me to my class (I live in Michigan).

  12. illadelphiasphinest - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:53 AM

    @ dannythebis
    Some cars do in fact have lug bolts rather then nuts. I drive a VW in the USA. I changed my wheels a few weeks ago, and to my suprise when i removed the “lugs” they were in fact bolts rather then the traditional nuts that thread onto the lug botls. So they are the nut n bolt all in one n they thread directly into the hub. Pretty cool design. As for this story idk if his car is in fact the same design, or just a bone headed quote. For the record Canadians are a bit “different” imo.

  13. id4joey - Nov 2, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Laraque stepped down as head of the CHLPA, one team retracted its application to join. Too bad for a good idea that went bad.

  14. augsburg12 - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    So I guess the Quebec police are involved Sounds fishy to me. Who does this day and age

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