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Report: Lawyer for Voynov’s wife says her take on incident isn’t ‘radically different’

Kings Voynov Suspended

This Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 police booking photo provided by the Redondo Beach Police Department shows Los Angeles Kings’ defenseman Slava Voynov. The NHL suspended Voynov indefinitely Monday, after the two-time Stanley Cup winner’s arrest on suspicion of domestic violence. The 24-year-old posted $50,000 bail. (AP Photo/Redondo Beach Police Department)


Yahoo’s Nick Cotsonika spoke with the woman involved in the Slava Voynov incident on Friday, confirming that she is his wife and is comfortable with that being known. Cotsonika revealed other key bits of information, including the fact that her take on the situation isn’t likely to be “radically different” from the argument Voynov’s own lawyer made this week.

She hasn’t spoken with the police since being released from the hospital and her current lawyer wasn’t present when Voynov’s lawyer interviewed her, according to what Cotsonika has been told.

Here are Cotsonika’s tweets on the subject, for the sake of clarity and greater detail:

In case you missed it, here’s a quick synopsis of Voynov’s argument according to what his lawyer Craig Renetzky told The Hockey News.

  • Voynov’s wife was hospitalized due to a “pure accident,” not an assault.
  • “Mr. Voynov never hit the woman,” according to Renetzky.
  • Renetzky believes that additional evidence will open the door for the league to lift the 24-year-old’s indefinite suspension.

Renetzky’s argument contrasts with the Redondo Beach Police Department’s report, which “determined that a crime of domestic violence did, in fact, occur.”

Thursday’s update revealed that Los Angeles County’s district attorney office seeks an “additional follow-up” before they make a decision regarding filing charges on Voynov.

Obviously, plenty of things - including an eventual decision from the league and/or Kings regarding Voynov’s status - are up in the air at the moment.

A court date is currently scheduled for Dec. 1.

More on the Voynov situation:

Bob McKenzie’s take

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the facts made the suspension an easy decision

The Kings and NHLPA both support the suspension

Would Los Angeles welcome Voynov back to their “special group?”

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