On Oct. 20 Los Angeles Kings’ defenseman Slava Voynov was arrested under the charges of domestic violence. The police received a call from an emergency room where Slava Voynov took the alleged victim. This victim, Marta Varlamova, was in a relationship with Voynov when he reportedly attacked her.
The NHL has suspended Voynov indefinitely. He will not be permitted to practice or play in any games until the NHL finish their investigation. However, he will continue to receive pay from the LA Kings.
The LA Kings released the following statement on their Twitter account: “These developments are of great concern to our organization. We support the NHL’s decision to suspend Slava Voynov indefinitely during this process, and we will continue to take appropriate action as the legal proceedings and investigation by the NHL take their course.”
The NHL chose to intervene quickly in this domestic dispute so that it would not shed negative light on the Kings’ franchise, especially with the recent controversies surrounding the NFL.
Domestic violence charges are not new in the NHL. Almost a year ago, Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was arrested on domestic violence charges. Unfortunately, the NHL did not respond to the incident the same way they responded to the Voynov incident.
Varlamov was allowed to play during his investigation. Many people criticized the NHL for not getting involved in the Varlamov incident. However, in December 2013, the charges against him were dropped.
Now a year later, NHL intervened and made the right judgment call. Voynov was released from jail on a $50,000 bail. He stated that there was no crime and that it was all an accident. Varlamova’s lawyers state that she had a similar story to the one Voynov described to his lawyers.
Varlamova released a statement to the authorities that asserted that she wanted the charges dropped against Voynov and she wanted the NHL to remove his suspension. Voynov and Varlamova both stated that the alleged attack was a misunderstanding. They are still together and living in the same house.