TMZ is reporting details of the alleged crime that led to the arrest and suspension of Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov. The report claims that the the victim, who says she is in a relationship with Voynov, was injured badly enough to require hospitalization.
Police in Redondo Beach, Calif. have since given details about the case, essentially confirming everything reported by TMZ. Voynov was arrested at the hospital after staff alerted the police that their presence was needed. He was released from police custody on $50,000 bail later Monday morning.
Police would not confirm that the victim is Voynov's girlfriend, as was reported by TMZ, but did say that in order to charge Voynov under section 273.5 of the state's penal code as they did, "a certain relationship is required."
The NHL's indefinite suspension bans Voynov from any team activities including games and practices, but he is getting paid while the investigation and legal process moves forward. The Los Angeles Kings organization released the following statement regarding Voynov's arrest:
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 the investigation by the NHL take their course.
The NHL's collective bargaining agreement allows commissioner Gary Bettman the latitude to suspend, expel or terminate the contract of any player who is guilty of off-ice conduct which violates league rules or "is detrimental to or against the welfare of the league or the game of hockey."
In cases like with Voynov, where no guilt has yet been proven, the league has the right to suspend a player pending a criminal investigation in situations "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."