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by George Malik on 06/06/12 at 03:19 AM ET
According to the Detroit News’s Mike Martindale, former Red Wings forward and recovering alcoholic Darren McCarty has taken out personal protection orders against four former friends who Darren and his wife Sheryl, accuse of harassing and stalking McCarty:
The McCartys accuse the four of trying to get the couple fired from their jobs, threatening both through text messages and phone calls, posting malicious comments on McCarty’s work and appearance websites, and threatening violence against them. Oakland Circuit Judge Mary Ellen Brennan granted the protection orders on May 22 against Tonya Juhl, 37, and Kimberley Mitchell, 38, both of Clawson; Anne Marie Samulski, 22, of Royal Oak; and Louis Barbato, 40, of Shelby Township.
The orders, good for a year, bar Juhl, Mitchell, Samulski and Barbato from approaching, following or contacting the McCartys or going to their home or workplaces. McCarty works for the Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association, and worked in the past year for a Detroit pawn shop; his wife is a nurse at Beaumont Hospital.
“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.”
Continued, and the details include confirmation that the Wings made sure McCarty wasn’t abusing drugs or alcohol during his second stint with the team, as well as an admission that the Wings became quite concerned when rumors of a serious relapse (not surprisingly, McCarty did relapse after he retired) were spreading recently:
“Darren works with the Ilitch organization and Red Wing alumni, including making personal appearances, and they have all been wonderful — we can’t say enough about how they have stuck by him and tried to help him,” Sheryl McCarty said. “But at one point, he had to sit down with (general manager) Ken Holland and explain what was happening, the rumors these people were spreading and how he was clean.”
Sheryl McCarty said she keeps her husband on vitamins and protein shakes. She has two children, and he has four from prior relationships. “We have a real Brady Bunch going,” she said. “My job is to keep him healthy and keep the crazies away.”
McCarty, meanwhile, said he enjoys being home rather than closing bars and is writing a book about his life on and off the ice.
“I guess it’s a price of celebrity,” he said.
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