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Rick Tocchet And Janet Jones Sue NJ State Police

By: Mark Barnes

With all that has been going on with the alleged gambling ring, that sees a former NHL great and the wife of the Great One Wayne Gretzky caught in the middle one would have to ask, just how long was it going to take for there to be a lawsuit? Well apparently that time has arrived, and this one is going to be a big one.

Rick Tocchet just happens to be the assistant coach for the Phoenix Coyotes, an NHL team that Gretzky has partial ownership to. Janet Jones the wife of Wayne Gretzky is a supermodel hailing from Los Angeles. Both of these individuals are named in the blockbuster sports gambling sting.

What type of case would these two have against the NJ State police one would ask? Well for starters, they are suing for defamation of character, moving on to the illegal release from wiretaps of confidential evidence. In the tune of a reported $50 million dollars apiece, the suit is against the NJ State police public information office, the Department of Law, and the NJ State Police.

Janet Jones claims that she has lost substantial business opportunities, and that she feels that her reputation is tarnished; Tocchet states that he was in the works for future endorsements, for sports and is still on the market for head coach opportunities within a different NHL organization. He feels that this will hinder his chances of landing a top-coaching job, within the NHL. No word yet as to when the proceeding are set to take place, one can bet however, this one will be a major event in the courts.

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