Slava Voynov Deportation Reportedly Sought by US Immigration Officials

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2015

FILE - In this May 18, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Kings' Slava Voynov reacts  during the second period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago. Voynov has been charged with felony domestic violence. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office announced the charge Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Voynov faces one felony count of corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily injury. The district attorney’s office says Voynov “caused his wife to suffer injuries to her eyebrow, cheek and neck” during an argument. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
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Officials from United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement are reportedly looking to deport Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov.  

Virginia Kice, communications director for ICE's western region, told Russian news agency TASS that Voynov is in the process of potential deportation following a "a comprehensive review of the case."

"As with anyone who's facing deportation, he'll be afforded due process and the immigration court will ultimately determine whether he'll be subject to removal from the U.S.," Kice said.

ICE officials formally placed Voynov in custody last week. He was recently released from jail following a 90-day sentence for domestic violence, a charge to which he pleaded no-contest. Sports law professor Michael McCann explained how the plea could affect Voynov's status in the United States, per Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times: "A no contest plea, especially if the defendant admits damaging facts, can effectively be treated by immigration officials as a guilty plea. It could be a complicated road ahead."

The NHL had suspended him indefinitely last October after his arrest, and the Kings handed down a suspension of their own in June.


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