Slava Voynov Suspended, Charged Following Arrest: Latest Details and Reaction

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08:  Slava Voynov #26 of the Los Angeles Kings starts a rush during the game against the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center on October 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Kings forward Slava Voynov faces trial for domestic violence charges stemming from an October arrest. The winger is currently suspended indefinitely. 

Continue for updates. 

Update from Wednesday, April 1

Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times reported that Voynov's trial has been delayed until July 6. The trial had been previously delayed from March 2 to April 21.

Update from Monday, March 2

Voynov's trial has been delayed until next Tuesday, via Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times. Fenno reported that the delay is due to a scheduling conflict with the prosecutor.

Update from Thursday, Jan. 29

Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times provided details on motions filed by Slava Voynov's attorneys as the proceedings against him continue:

Nathan Fenno @nathanfenno

Voynov's attorneys filed two motions Wednesday seeking to exclude statements to police by his wife, a nurse and social worker. #Kings #NHL

Nathan Fenno @nathanfenno

The court filing termed the nurse's questions to Voynov's wife as "leading" and "unnecessary." #Kings #NHL

Nathan Fenno @nathanfenno

From a social worker's notes re Voynov's wife: "Pt. admitted ... that this was not the first time she had been assaulted." #Kings #NHL

Nathan Fenno @nathanfenno

The filing called police questions to Voynov's wife "coercive" and claimed the officers had "already decided upon a version of events."

Update from Wednesday, Jan. 28

Craig Renetzky, Voynov's defense attorney provided an update on the timeline for the winger's trial:

Craig Renetzky @losangeleslegal

Mr. Voynov's case has been set for trial readyness hearing on February 25 at 8:30 A.M. Trial is set to commence on March 2.

Updates from Monday, Dec. 29

Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times provided an update on the legal issues surrounding Slava Voynov:

Nathan Fenno @nathanfenno

#Kings defeseman Slava Voynov pleaded not guilty to a felony domestic violence charge at today's arraignment. #NHL

Craig Renetzky, Voynov's lawyer, later provided more information on the future proceedings:

Craig Renetzky @losangeleslegal

Mr. Voynov pled not guilty at his arraignment this morning. The case is set for pretrial on Jan 28. A jury trial has been set for March 2nd.

Updates from Monday, Dec. 15

Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times provided a synopsis of the Redondo Beach police officer discussing details of the incident at court today:

Nathan Fenno @nathanfenno

Redondo Beach police officer: Voynov's wife had laceration over left eye, blood streaming, red marks on neck.

Nathan Fenno @nathanfenno

Officer says Voynov's wife said he struck her in the face with his fist. #Kings #NHL

Nathan Fenno @nathanfenno

Officer: Voynov pushed wife to ground multiple times, kicked her repeatedly while on ground, chocked her three times.

Nathan Fenno @nathanfenno

Officer: Voynov pushed her into flat-screen TV where she cut her face.

Nathan Fenno @nathanfenno

At Voynov's home, the officer noted blood all over bedroom, including covering comforter and a bloody handprint on floor.

Elliott Teaford of InsideSoCal.com reported on Voynov's court date:

Elliott Teaford @ElliottTeaford

#voynov to be arraigned Dec 29.

Updates from Tuesday, Dec. 2

According to a report on NHL.com, the Kings have been fined $100,000 for violating Slava Voynov's ban:

The Los Angeles Kings have been fined $100,000 for violating the terms of defenseman Slava Voynov's suspension, the National Hockey League announced today.

Voynov skated with teammates today during a Club practice. Such activity is in direct contravention of the terms of the suspension levied Oct. 20, which permit Mr. Voynov to use club facilities and work with team personnel but prohibit his participation in any team-related functions or activities.

The Kings released a statement on the fine via the team's official website:

This was clearly a mistake on our part and we accept full responsibility. It is incumbent upon us to be more vigilant in managing this situation to ensure that Slava’s allowable training activities always remain separate from the team.

Voynov will miss his 19th game tonight. Chris Johnston of Sportsnet details how rare a suspension this long occurs in the NHL:

Chris Johnston @reporterchris

Slava Voynov misses his 19th game due to suspension tonight. By the end of the week, his ban will be one of the 10 longest in history.

Updates from Monday, Dec. 1

Rich Hammond of the Orange Country Register reported the latest on Slava Voynov's legal issues:

Rich Hammond @Rich_Hammond

As expected, Slava Voynov entered a not-guilty plea. Preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 15 in Torrance.

Updates from Friday, Nov. 21

Steohen Whyno of The Canadian Press has the latest on Voynov:

Stephen Whyno @SWhyno

#LAKings to receive salary-cap relief as Slava Voynov remains suspended indefinitely.

Updates from Thursday, Nov. 20 

TSN Hockey provides an update on Slava Voynov's case:

TSN Hockey @TSNHockey

JUST IN: @LAKings D Slava Voynov has been charged with one felony count of corporal injury to spouse.

Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times and Katie Strang of ESPN provides a statement from Voynov's lawyer:

lisa dillman @reallisa

Statement from Voynov attorney: "Mr. Voynov is extremely disappointed that the district attorney's office elected to file charges." (more)

lisa dillman @reallisa

Add statement: "Mr. Voynov maintains his innocence and looks forward to clearing his name in court. We remain confident."

Katie Strang @KatieJStrang

Voynov's lawyer, Craig Renetzky tells http://t.co/eeDPeGgxG2: "He's really looking forward to his day in court. Expects to be cleared."

Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports passes along comments from Bill Daly:

Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

Bill Daly:"We are aware of the actions taken today in California, which we will review and evaluate before making any decisions...

Inside So Cal Sports has more details on how long Voynov could face in prison if convicted:

Inside SoCal Sports @InsideSoCalSpts

If convicted, Voynov faces possible maximum sentence of nine years in prison. Full statement by DA: http://t.co/POfiLt4SaJ #Kings

Updates from Tuesday, Nov. 11

Katie Strang of ESPN has an update on Slava Voynov's case:

Katie Strang @KatieJStrang

Redondo Beach PD detectives met with DA's office yesterday, but case is still under review. No decisions yet, according to RBPD spokesperson

Updates from Monday, Nov. 3

Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times passed along the latest comments from Slava Voynov's lawyer:

lisa dillman @reallisa

Slava Voynov lawyer told me earlier he hopes to hear something this week, in terms of an update from the RB police/DA.

Updates from Sunday, Oct. 26

Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times provides a statement from attorney Michael J. Walsh of Irvine discussing Marta Varlamova's hopes for the progression of Slava Voynov's case:

Marta Varlamova, wife of suspended Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, has resumed living with him in the couple’s Redondo Beach home and does not want him to be charged in connection with the incident that led police to arrest him Oct. 20 on suspicion of domestic violence, her attorney said Saturday night.

'She’s not asking for charges to be pressed. She’s not hoping that the police are going to prosecute the case because she doesn’t think that Slava was trying to hurt her and doesn’t think a crime was committed against her.'

Updates from Friday, Oct. 24 

Nick Cotsonika of Yahoo! Sports provides information from the lawyer representing the woman in the Slava Voynov case:

Nick Cotsonika @cotsonika

Spoke to the lawyer representing the woman in Voynov case. He said she is his wife and OK with that being public. (1)

Nick Cotsonika @cotsonika

The lawyer for Voynov's wife said she has not spoken to police since the hospital and has not spoken to the NHL yet. (2)

Nick Cotsonika @cotsonika

The lawyer for Voynov's wife said he was not present when she was interviewed by Voynov's lawyer. (3)

Nick Cotsonika @cotsonika

The lawyer for Voynov's wife said her story will not be "radically different" to the one described by Voynov's lawyer. (4)

Nick Cotsonika @cotsonika

To be clear, the lawyer for Voynov's wife did not begin representing her until after she was interviewed by Voynov's lawyer. (5)

Updates from Wednesday, Oct. 22

Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times provides an update on Slava Voynov's potential charges:

lisa dillman @reallisa

The DA's office has requested additional follow up before making a determination on the filing of charges, per RB PD release.

lisa dillman @reallisa

Breaking news: That was re the Slava Voynov case. Again the case was sent back for "additional follow up" before making a determination.

Nicholas Cotsonika of Yahoo Sports reports on the timeline for Voynov's suspension, courtesy of NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly:

“No more clarity on timing. Process and timeline will be dictated, at least in part, by how the player decides to proceed vis-a-vis the ongoing criminal investigation. It is possible the league process could be accelerated and completed before the full legal process plays out, but it’s also possible that it may not.”

Ken Campbell of TheHockeyNews.com passed along comments from Slava Voynov's lawyer following his arrest:

The lawyer for Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov said he interviewed the victim of Voynov’s alleged domestic abuse incident for more than an hour Tuesday and, 'it’s clear to me there was no crime here,' and doubts his client will even be charged with an offense.

Craig Renetzky, a criminal lawyer who is representing Voynov in the matter, said the language barrier, both on the part of Voynov and the alleged victim, has created a misunderstanding and that the victim’s injuries that caused her to be hospitalized were the result of an accident. Voynov was arrested early Monday morning at a Los Angeles area hospital after staff at the hospital notified police of a possible domestic abuse case. Voynov was immediately suspended indefinitely by the NHL, but has yet to be charged with anything pending a police investigation.

'Hopefully, the police will get that,' Renetzky said. 'And we’re hoping the NHL looks at the new evidence and will lift the suspension. What the police will find out when they talk to her is that the action was not related to Mr. Voynov. I can’t go into complete details, but Mr. Voynov never hit the woman. This is really just a pure accident and we’re going to provide them with some additional evidence we hope they’ll present to the District Attorney’s office. And if they do, based on my experience, they don’t have a case.

'I think if the authorities act properly and do a complete investigation, they will have to find that charges are not warranted.'

Original Text

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has become the latest professional athlete to be charged with domestic violence, per ESPN.com, in what has become a troubling trend. The NHL has acted swiftly, however, suspending him indefinitely.  

ESPN.com shared details of the arrest:

Voynov was arrested at 3:45 a.m. ET (12:45 a.m. PT) on Monday by Redondo Beach police, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department website, courtesy of ESPN.com. Sgt. Paul Ribitzki of the Redondo Beach PD said that Voyanov's court date is set for Oct. 22 in Torrance. He did not provide additional details.

The Los Angeles Times said Voynov's bail amount was set at $50,000.

TMZ.com's Staff reported additional details on the incident:

The woman who was allegedly attacked by L.A. Kings star Slava Voynov was injured so badly, she was rushed to the hospital ... where staffers called the cops on Voynov ... TMZ Sports has learned.


We're told Voynov had accompanied the woman to the hospital -- and shortly after they arrived, hospital staffers called authorities to report Voynov as the person suspected of attacking the woman. 

The Kings released a statement on Voynov's suspension Monday afternoon:

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.

Stephen Whyno of The Canadian Press weighed in on the NHL's response:

Stephen Whyno @SWhyno

Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson situations very much changed how NHL approached Slava Voynov situation. Didn't comment on Varlamov last year.

Whyno was referencing Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, who was charged with assaulting his girlfriend last year, although the charges were later dropped.

Voynov's agent, Rolland Hedges, was unable to discuss the situation when ESPN.com contacted him Monday morning: 

'I'm sorry, I really can't,' he told ESPN.com.

Hedges said he was working on gathering more information about the situation.

Last month, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman spoke on the league's responsibilities to handle such matters, courtesy of Reuters' Frank Pingue:

Our code of conduct is we expect you to do the right things and if you don't we hold you accountable. More important than that is I believe you need to be proactive. ...

... We have an obligation as a sport to try and do the right things.

Sports can be a great vehicle for positive social change, whether or not its inclusiveness, diversity, or AIDS ... I've always believed that we need to be in front of these things and sometimes you need to punish but more importantly it's better to educate and counsel.

It would appear the NHL has learned lessons from the NFL, responding to Voynov's case with more immediacy. Per ESPN.com, the NHL's collective bargaining agreement allows the league to suspend Voynov while investigating his criminal case, though he will be paid during the suspension.

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