Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was arrested on domestic violence charges on Oct. 20. He has been suspended indefinitely by the NHL while it investigates his case.
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was arrested on Oct. 20 on domestic violence charges.
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Voynov was arrested early Monday morning and posted a $50,000 bail. The NHL suspended him indefinitely while the investigation is ongoing, per ESPN:
"Slava Voynov was arrested Monday morning on domestic violence charges and has been suspended indefiitely from the Los Angeles Kings pending a formal investigation by the NHL.
"Voynov was arrested at 3:45 a.m. ET (12:45 a.m. PT) on Monday by Redondo Beach police. Voynov's bail amount was set at $50,000 which he posted, Sgt. Paul Ribitzki of the Redondo Beach PD said
"Officers responded to a house in Redondo Beach around 2:25 a.m. ET (11:25 p.m. PT) after a neighbor called police, saying a woman was screaming 'for the past 20 minutes and could now be heard crying,' according to a news release from the Redondo Beach Police Department.
"The release said officers responded and found no one in the house, but around 90 minutes later, received a call from nearby Torrance policy saying a woman was being treated at Little Company of Mary Hospital for 'injuries that were possibly received during a domestic violence incident.'
"Redondo Beach officers met with the person at the hospital and arrested Voynov, who was at the hospital.
"Reached via email, Redondo Beach city prosecutor Melanie Chivara told ESPN.com that Voynov will next appear in court Dec. 1 in Torrance, California. She said his case will be reviewed by the district attorney's office for felony consideration. No charges have been filed.
"'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.'
"Voynov's lawyer, Craig Rentezky, declined to divulge any further details about the case but stressed that charges have not yet been filed.
"'It's very early in the stages and no charges have been filed,' Renetzky told ESPN.com when reached by phone Monday afternoon. 'That doesn't mean charges will be filed or are warranted in this case. We're conducting our own investigation to determine what happened.'
"The suspension was announced by the NHL after it consulted with the NHL Players Association. The collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players says that, during a criminal investigation, 'the league may suspend the player pending the league's formal review and disposition of the matter where the failure to suspend the player during this period would create a substantial risk of material harm to the legitimate interests and/or reputation of the league.'
"Reached by telephone Monday morning, Voynov's agent, Rolland Hedges, declined to comment about the situation.
"'I'm sorry, I really can't,' he told ESPN.com.
"Hedeges said he was working on gathering more information about the situation.
"Voynov will continue to be paid during the suspension. He has two assists in six games this season -- his fourth with the Kings. Voynov is 24."
The Los Angeles Times' Lisa Dillman also spoke with Renetzky via phone interview:
"Voynov's criminal defense attorney, Craig Renetzky, said that there would not be a court appearance on Wednesday in Torrance. He said it would be Dec. 1.
"'The court date (in December) is because he bailed out, not because any charges have been filed,' he said in a telephone interview with The Times. 'At this point, there have been no charges filed against him. The police are still investigating, as we are, and we're hopeful no charges will be filed.'
"Would he attempt to get Voynov's suspension lifted by the league?
"'I'm not sure where this is going to go. I'm sure that's something his agent will have to work out with the league,' Renetzky said.
"Renetzky also represented Kings defenseman Drew Doughty in the summer of 2012 when police in Hermosa Beach were looking into sexual assault allegations against Doughty. No charges were filed in the matter.
"...NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who was in Los Angeles for the Kings' Stanley Cup banner raising on Oct. 8, said at a news conference beforehand that the league has been talking about such behavioral issues with its players for more than a decade.
"'We focus on counseling and education,' Bettman told Times columnist Helene Elliott.
"He also said the league has 'mechanisms in place' to deal with such incidents."
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