According to the Denver Post a Russian news site managed to get a phone interview with Semyon Varlamov‘s father, the Colorado Avalanche goalie is currently in a Denver jail for kidnapping and assault charges. Here is the quote the website got translated by Google Translate:
“It is the court, and then the situation will be any way to comment – said Alexander Varlamov on the phone. – One I can say with full responsibility – no crime was committed. Simply media fanned the situation: there was no abduction and the more , some violence. more to say until I can not, because the lawyer will be very unhappy. “
The article also says that Varlamov’s hearing is set for Thursday and the charges against him do not allow for bail before that date. The Denver Post reported this hearing to be at 10.
The Russian news site also reported that the alleged victim was a girl Varlamov was intimate with though her name has not been released.
The NHL has also released a statement regarding the incident:
“The League is aware of the situation involving Semyon Varlamov,” said an NHL spokesman. “We will not comment unless or until we have a fuller understanding of all of the facts and circumstances related to the legal charges that have been filed.”
According to SI.com one Russian official believes that the arrest is a political ploy yo keep Varlamov from playing in the Olympics:
“I’m confident of Semyon’s innocence. I think it is a sports and political move, as Varlamov is a candidate for the Russian national team. The main goal is to suspend him from training and games so that he loses practice and misses the Olympics.”
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