Evgeny Kuznetsov denied using drugs in a statement to a Russian media outlet after a video posted on Twitter showed the Caps forward sitting next to lines of an unidentified white powder. The video was posted by @Thesavspb but has since been deleted.

In the wake of the video, Kuznetsov released a statement to a Russian media outlet sport-express as translated through Google:

Yes, I saw this video appear on the network. I do not always have something to do with what is happening next to me. I have never used drugs and I am not going to get involved in this. If I have questions, I am ready to undergo a medical examination at any time. 

This video year. It was the summer of 2018 in Vegas, when we won the Stanley Cup (with the “Washington” ). By the past World Cup is all the more irrelevant. I just went to my friends in the room. When I saw what was happening there - unfamiliar women, strange substances on the table - he called a friend and left there as soon as possible. 

It is a pity that someone decided to catch the HYIP just now - at the defeat of the national team. I have nothing to hide, let it remain on the conscience of the one who posted this video.

 

In the video, Kuznetsov is seen sitting next to a table with two lines of white powder and what appears to be a rolled-up bill of American currency. The video does not show Kuznetsov snorting or otherwise ingesting the white powder. Instead, he is speaking with someone through a video chat on his phone.

NBC Sports Washington reached out to the Capitals for a statement. A team spokesman responded via email saying, “We are aware of the video that surfaced on social media of Evgeny Kuznetsov. We are currently in the process of gathering facts and will have no further comment at this time.”

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