NY Rangers place Artemi Panarin on leave after ‘fabricated storyalleges 2011 incident amid Navalny support

New York Rangers star Artemi Panarin is taking a leave of absence from the team after he was accused of beating an 18-year-old girl in Latvia in 2011.

The allegations that surfaced in Russian media are being described aspolitically motivatedas they come a month after Panarin voiced his support for highly influential Vladimir Putin critic Alexei Navalny last month.

더 많은 스포츠 범위를 보려면 여기를 클릭하십시오.

He posted a picture of Navalny, his wife and their two children on Instagram with the captionFreedom for Navalny.

그만큼 뉴욕 포스트 noted that the allegation comes from his former Russian coach Andrei Nazarov, a Putin supporter who has publicly criticized Panarin for his anti-government talk.

The Rangers released a statement on the issue Monday.

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Artemi vehemently and unequivocally denies any and all allegations in this fabricated story. This is clearly an intimidation tactic being used against him for being outspoken on recent political events. Artemi is obviously shaken and concerned and will take some time away from the team,” the Rangers said.

The Rangers fully support Artemi and will work with him to identify the source of these unfounded allegations.

Panarin signed with the Chicago Blackhawks after playing in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League between 2008 과 2015. He played two seasons with the Blackhawks, two seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets and is in his second with the Rangers.

안에 2019 회견, Panarin criticized the Russian president, 그가 말하는 “no longer understands what’s right and what’s wrong.

Psychologically, it’s not easy for him to judge the situation soberly,” Panarin said at the time, 통하다 스포츠 일러스트. “He has a lot of people who influence his decisions. But if everyone is walking around you for 20 years telling you what a great guy you are and how great a job you are doing, you will never see your mistakes.

Panarin has family in Russia.

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.

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