Ian Cole interview with NHL concludes without any announcement

Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Ian Cole (28) has been suspended indefinitely while the NHL investigates allegations of sexual assault and grooming made against him in a Twitter post. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Ian Cole met with NHL security on Wednesday afternoon, but there was no formal announcement or resolution in the aftermath — as representatives from the NHL and NHLPA declined to comment.

Cole was suspended by the Lightning on Sunday night, days after a social media post accused him of sexual assault and grooming. He did not play in the team’s 3-1 season-opening loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

The team indicated Cole would remain suspended “pending the results of an investigation.” One of the challenges to be navigated is how long that can be without further evidence beyond the one Twitter post. Tampa’s next game is Friday in Columbus.

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