Turns out the NFL doesn’t own the rights to domestic abuse – hockey players can be violent too.
The NHL indefinitely suspended Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov after he was arrested for domestic violence on Monday morning.
According to TMZ, the woman who was allegedly attacked by the L.A. Kings star was injured so badly, she was rushed to the hospital. Voynov, who accompanied her to the hospital, was arrested shortly after staffers called authorities to report him as the suspected attacker.
Not wanting to pull a Ray Rice, the NHL took a stronger stance on domestic abuse charges than they have in the past. Last season, when Colorodo Avalanche player Semyon Varlamov was charged with second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault charges, he was allowed to keep travelling and playing with the team.
But the NHL’s response still wasn’t that strong. Although Slava Voynov will remain suspended until the league completes a formal investigation, he will continued to be paid during this suspension.
“These developments are of great concern to our organization,” the Kings said in a statement. “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 the investigation by the NHL take their course.”
There have been 9 NHL players arrested since 2011 – not bad compared to the NFL, but still not great.
2014 – Slava Voynov – Domestic violence
2014 – Claude Giroux – Groping a cop
2014 – Ryan Malone – DUI, drug possession
2013 – Semyon Varlamov – Domestic violence
2012 – Ben Eager – Bar fight
2012 – Ondrej Pavelec – DUI
2011 – Dustin Byfuglien – Drinking while boating
2011 – Sean Avery – Pushing a cop
2011 – Nikolay Zherdev – Domestic violence
Now I’m not saying there’s a correlation between Russians and domestic violence… but there’s a definite correlation between Russians and domestic violence.