Jim Montgomery, the dismissed Dallas Stars coach, has provided an explanation for his dismissal. On December 10, let's go for "unprofessional behavior," he said in a statement to the Dallas Morning News that he had participated in an alcohol abuse rehabilitation program.
“Losing my job as head coach of the Dallas Stars last month was a wake-up call. It was the right call, too, ”he said. "I abandoned the front office, the team, and the players on the team. More importantly, I abandoned my wife and family. The team's decision to end my role forced me to look in the mirror to see and decide if I wanted to continue living a harmful lifestyle or seek help. I decided to get help. I turned to alcohol abuse professionals to guide and advise them. It was an overwhelming and very humiliating experience knowing that I'm not alone.
“With the unconditional support of my wife, family and many close friends, I took another step forward today by joining an inpatient program where I want to take the steps to become a better husband, father, friend To become a coach and mentor – one day at a time. This is a process that I feel committed to. In the meantime, I ask that my family's privacy be respected. Thanks, Monty. "
At the time of the move, the stars gave no reason to dismiss Montgomery, except that he was released for cause and the remaining 2½ years of his contract expired.
"We support Jim's decision and hope that it will strengthen him and his family," General Manager Jim Nill said in a statement. "Out of respect for him and his family, we will not comment on this situation any further."
Montgomery was in his second season as a stars coach after leading the team into the second round of playoffs in his first year on the bench.