On the ice, soon to be free agent, Mike Ribeiro is a dynamic play making center. In the 2014-15 season he tallied 15 goals, 47 assists, with a total of 62 points ranking him third in total points in the NHL. This is what the fans see, the on ice Mike Ribeiro, but off the ice it seems that his character does not mirror his on ice performance.
A case was filed against Ribeiro June 18th, accusing him of sexually assaulting his nanny. At a glance, this may seem like it is one of those cases where a false accusation is made for monetary gain but, court documents have details of slow progression of perversion to finally a sexual assault. Looking at this on a deeper level, this is could be true and past behavior issues does not help Ribeiro’s case.
After the 2012-13 season, the Arizona Coyotes bought out the remainder Mike Ribeiro’s four year $22 million dollar contract, that now has the team paying close to $2 million a year for the next six years, just to have Riberio off of the team. One of the top scoring players on the Coyotes, n o one would think that he would be bought out. General Manager Don Maloney called the signing a mistake and that the reason he was let go was because of behavior issues. There are reports of missed meetings, missed buses, and even a shouting match with head coach Dave Tippett. Rumors were even worse, some were about drug use and others were about how he had a party life style. One rumor was that in a game against Nashville Predators, Ribeiro gave out his number to a lady in the stands, then sent texts back and fourth between periods.Knowing his past, just with the Arizona Coyotes, would it be far fetched for sexual assault charges to filed against him?
The claim states the whole situation started off with inappropriate behavior in 2007, with Mike brushing up against the nanny, or he would try to touch the her backside and it claims that he would stare at her with his hand down his pants. At the time, the nanny have would been around the age of 13, she turned 18 in 2012. This behavior only escalated from there, claiming that sometime between 2009 and 2010, the nanny had her leg touched by Mike Ribeiro while driving. The final claim is the recollection of the night she was sexually assaulted. The document also tells that Mike’s wife, Tamara defended her husband and even tried to get revenge. It is alleged that Tamra used the nanny’s past abuse and tried to use it against her.
The case file is detailed but these are the words of the nanny and her recalling the events. So far there is only one side of the story.Could these false and Mike Ribeiro is the victim of someone trying to get rich? Could this be true and possibly be the end Ribeiro’s career in the NHL? It will interesting to see how this case turn out and how the NHL is going to handle the situation if Ribeiro is guilty.
Here is an excerpts from the case file that details the sexual assault.
Caution: graphic and you should not proceed if you don’t want to know the details.
In August 2012, Tamara asked [The Nanny] to come to Washington with them to help them settle into their new home. was supposed to stay for two weeks. At this point the Ribeiro children were in 1st grade, 2nd grade and 5th grade and had just turned eighteen. Once they moved into the house in McLean, Virginia, stayed in a downstairs bedroom. A few days before was scheduled to leave, Mike and Tamara went out with some of Mike’s teammates. When they came home, Mike went down to the basement where [The Nanny] was sleeping with the kids. The kids usually slept in their own rooms, but that particular night the two youngest slept with [The Nanny] since she was leaving soon and Mike and Tamara were not home. [The Nanny] woke up with Mike’s hands all over her. She did not move. She tried to say something but nothing would come out. Mike saw was awake, but he did not stop mustered [The Nanny] her voice and told him he needed to leave. She did not scream because she did not want to wake the children who were in the bed right next to her. Mike was fully clothed and wearing a suit. His hand was on her breasts and he was pleasuring himself at the same time.Mike left and heard Tamara at the top of the basement stairs talking on the phone in the kitchen. She wrapped the kids up in a comforter. Then, she wrapped up in a blanket and laid down at the foot of the bed between the kids and the door. [The Nanny] finally fell back asleep. Mike came back sometime later— this time just in his underwear[The Nanny] woke up with Mike forcing his hand down her panties. She grabbed at the blanket and started saying:“What are you doing?!?” He took his other hand that had been down his underwear and put it over her mouth and held down, intentionally and willfully restraining her against her will and without her consent [The Nanny] could not exercise her will to leave due to the force and threat of force from Mike. Having restrained against her will, Mike then sexually assaulted by shoving his fingers inside her vagina