KENNEWICK – A Canadian news reporter has been charged with threatening to kill her boyfriend, former Spokane Chiefs and current Tri-City Americans forward Jackson Playfair, after finding out he’d dated someone else.
One count of felony harassment with domestic violence was filed Thursday against Tieja MacLaughlin in Benton County Superior Court with bail set at $50,000.
MacLaughlin is scheduled to appear in court today and may enter a plea to the charge.
According to Kennewick police and court documents, MacLaughlin already had a trip planned to visit Playfair, who has been with the Americans for two weeks after a trade with the Chiefs, when she learned he had cheated on her.
MacLaughlin is a freelance news and sports reporter for two media outlets in Kelowna, British Columbia, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Kennewick police responded to the Toyota Center at 2:30 a.m. Saturday to meet with Playfair, who claimed that after MacLaughlin found out Friday that he’d been with someone else, she told her boyfriend “he would be dead by the end of the night.”
Playfair said the two had been dating since July, and that it had been a “rocky” relationship, documents said.
Police met with MacLaughlin at a Kennewick hotel and warned her she would be arrested if she did not stop contacting Playfair. MacLaughlin promised officers she would stay away from him and return to Canada.
However, after Playfair got more texts later that day, allegedly from MacLaughlin, officers told him to agree to meet his girlfriend. An officer then showed up at the hotel instead of Playfair and arrested MacLaughlin.
MacLaughlin denied making the remarks when she was interviewed by police.
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