Rangers star denies Russian assault report, team says it's payback after Putin criticism

New York Rangers big name Artemi Panarin is taking a go away of absence from the crew after a Russian tabloid revealed allegations from a former trainer that he attacked a lady in Latvia nearly a decade in the past, which he denies.

Andrei Nazarov, a former NHL enforcer who coached Panarin within the Kontinental Hockey League, advised Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda in a tale revealed Saturday that Panarin attacked an 18-year-old Latvian girl in a resort bar within the Latvian capital of Riga following a sport in December 2011.

Nazarov advised the tabloid that Panarin knocked the lady to the ground with “a number of robust blows.” Nazarov added that he later heard that the Latvian government regarded into the incident however that no motion was once taken after “authoritative” locals negotiated with the police to not pursue the case, allegedly after cash modified arms.

Nazarov stated he was once motivated to discuss the alleged incident as a result of he disagreed with Panarin’s repeated grievance of the Russian govt.

“Artemi vehemently and unequivocally denies any and all allegations on this fabricated tale,” the Rangers stated in a observation Monday. “That is obviously an intimidation tactic getting used towards him for being outspoken on contemporary political occasions. Artemi is clearly shaken and anxious and can take a little time clear of the crew. The Rangers absolutely improve Artemi and can paintings with him to spot the supply of those unfounded allegations.”

Panarin has been a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin and remaining month posted his improve on social media for opposition chief Alexei Navalny, who was once arrested remaining month upon returning to Moscow and was once sentenced to 2 years and 8 months in jail for violating phrases of his probation.

Panarin, 29, has performed within the NHL since 2015 and was once a finalist for the league’s MVP award remaining season. He received the Calder Trophy as rookie of the yr in 2016 with Chicago the place he performed two seasons, went to Columbus for 2 extra after which signed an $81.five million, seven-year contract with New York in 2019.

He leads the Rangers with 18 issues on 5 objectives and 13 assists. They subsequent play Wednesday towards Philadelphia.

Panarin performed for Nazarov with Vityaz Chekhov from 2010-2012.

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