Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen is under investigation for sexual misconduct and his team has sent him on forced leave.
The 24-year-old Virtanen finds himself embroiled in controversy as allegations surfaced on social media Instagram earlier this week.
Since then, Virtanen’s name has been mentioned and a complaint has been filed with the police authorities by the alleged victim. The incident allegedly took place in September 2017 when Virtanen was 21.
“We are aware of the allegations concerning Jake Virtanen. Our organization does not accept sexual misconduct in any form, and these accusations are taken very seriously, the Canucks said in an official statement. We have engaged outside expertise to take an independent investigation and we have placed the player on leave of absence pending further information. ”