Originally written on It's Always Sunny in Detroit  |  Last updated 11/18/14

Former Red Wing Darren McCarty was as tough as they come. He’d seek out contact and yearn for an opportunity to drop the gloves when an opponent picked on one of the Wings’ stars. He wouldn’t turn down a fight like he wouldn’t turn down an adult beverage. Since his hockey career ended, he’s faced different types of battles including some documented substance abuse and financial problems. Now he’s facing a battle that he doesn’t want to deal with.

McCarty and his wife Sheryl sought out protection against four ex-friends are harassing them after failing to draw McCarty back into a partying lifestyle.

Oakland Circuit Court records show that McCarty, 40, and his wife, Sheryl, 37, got personal protection orders last month against three Oakland County women and a Macomb County man for stalking and harassment.

According to the Detroit News, the McCartys accused the four of trying to get the couple fired from their jobs, threatening both of them through text messages and phone calls, posting malicious comments on McCarty’s work and appearance websites, and threatening violence against them.

McCarty now works for the Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association. Sheryl is a nurse at Beaumont Hospital. Two two had originally filed a complaint with Royal Oak police in late April. The R.O.P.D. recommend they seek PPO’s against the four “delusional obsessed hockey fans” as Sheryl calls them.

Darren supposedly dated two of the three women named in the court papers. He has four children and Sheryl has two from previous relationships.

The McCartys also claim that the four people named: stalked McCarty at Joe Louis Arena and personal appearances, posted photos of his children on Facebook and spread a rumor that McCarty was selling drugs out of his basement, prompting a radio announcer to contact then-Red Wings captain Nick Lidstrom.

It seems like Darren has finally started to get his life on the straight and narrow. Sheryl told the News, “I told him I would never date him until he cleans up his life and gets all the bad people out of his life and makes better choices. It took him a few months, but he did.” Darren said that he enjoys being home with his family rather than closing down bars. He is writing a book about his life on and off the ice.

There are many morals to be learned here, but I think the key one that applies is that “you can pick your friends and you can pick your nose. But you can’t pick your friend’s nose.” And the four losers in this case will be punished by up to 93 days in jail if they try to pick McCarty’s nose.

Ex-Red Wing McCarty seeks safety from ex-pals [Detroit News]

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

NFLPA President compares Goodell to a 2-year-old

NFL explains how Super Bowl balls will be prepped

Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao close to deal for fight

TJ Lang: Suh wanted to fight me after stepping on Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Hernandez jurors allowed to watch Super Bowl

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Tiger misses cut: ‘I’m only doing this so I won’t get fined’

Rex Ryan: Seahawks need to ‘take the air out of the football’

J.J. Watt buys cabin in the middle of nowhere to train

Six teams have done background work on Peterson

NBA set to earn $700M through streaming deal in China

Wade Phillips is the best coordinator hire this offseason

WATCH: Tom Brady sings about balls being deflated

WATCH: Bruce Pearl gets warm reception in Tennessee return

WATCH: Serena Williams loses point for yelling "come on!"

Report: Missy Elliott joining Katy Perry for halftime show

WATCH: Jimmy Butler throws down half-court alley-oop

President Obama zings Patriots over Deflate-gate

Each major conference's Player Of The Year candidates

Super Bowl XLIX preview and predictions: Patriots-Seahawks

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Most unexpected MLB free agent signings of past 10 years

Five most villainous Super Bowls of all time

Super Bowl ad focuses on acceptance of gay athletes

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Tom Brady sings about balls

Missy Elliott to join Katy Perry at SB?

Obama zings Pats over Deflate-gate

Each major conference's POY candidates

Super Bowl XLIX preview and predictions: Patriots vs. Seahawks

The 13 things we want to see in Super Bowl XLIX

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Tiger Woods, misses cut: ‘I’m only doing this so I won’t get fined’

Ranking the repeat SB champions

Roger Goodell grilled on Deflategate

Katy Perry, Russell Wilson dating?

Rex Ryan has advice for Seahawks

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.