Florida Hockey Now, which first reported the incident, says Tallon, 69, was accused of using ‘racist’ language while the team was in the post-season bubble in Toronto. Assistant Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the investigation to ESPN, but only gave details that the alleged comment involved racist comments.
It is not yet clear what Daly is accused of saying, but it relates to something he said while with the team in the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs. Reports say the charges have recently been brought to the league.
Tallon and the Panthers went their separate ways after the team lost their 2020 post-season streak to the New York Islanders. His contract with the team ended on July 1 and the team did not renew his contract. He was released for reasons outside of this ongoing investigation. Tallon was with the Panthers for 10 years, taking control of the team in 2010. Prior to Florida, Tallon was general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks.