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Gretzky Bombshell February 9, 2006

Posted by Binford in Sports.
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This is huge news which could tar the reputation and legacy of “The Great One” for a long time if not forever. 

State wiretaps in the unfolding NHL betting scandal caught Wayne Gretzky discussing the multimillion-dollar gambling operation run by his friend Rick Tocchet before the ring was dismantled Monday, according to law enforcement sources.

There is no evidence Gretzky made any bets, the sources said, but the secretly recorded phone calls show the hockey hall-of-famer knew about the gambling ring, and investigators are looking into whether he placed any wagers through his wife, Janet Jones.

Jones was among the gamblers who placed more than $1.7 million in wagers in the past six weeks with the ring allegedly run by Tocchet and a New Jersey state trooper. Jones put down $500,000 on games during that period, including $75,000 on last weekend’s Super Bowl, sources said. She even wagered on which team would win the opening coin toss — winning $5,000 with that bet.

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With the amount of alledged bets being placed by Janet Jones, it is hard to believe that Gretzky had no knowledge of the gambling his wife was involved in.  Let’s hope for Gretzky’s innocence in all of this. 

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