It looks as if Sean Avery won’t have to worry about any further legal issues in California stemming from his August 5 arrest for allegedly shoving a police officer.
TMZ reports that Avery won’t be charged for allegedly shoving a police officer after police responded to his Hollywood home for a noise complaint. If what TMZ reports about the situation is also true, this was much ado about nothing.
But according to law enforcement sources, a further investigation revealed that no officer was ever actually pushed.
We’re told the officer who made the battery report did so after his foot was caught in Avery’s front door — and multiple witnesses have corroborated the story.
Well if that’s the case this really is much ado about nothing. That’s not say that Avery was acting the right way in trying to close the door on the police, but still, charging a guy with battery for that comes off as outrageous.
For Avery, barring any further raucous partying in New York or Los Angeles, this should clear the way for him to prepare for the upcoming season. With the Rangers having more than a full boat of forwards at training camp in September and the Rangers with a pressing situation near the salary cap, there’s talk that Avery could be a candidate to be buried in the AHL if things don’t shape up right. Of course, he could also wind up on the first line with Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik too.
You can never say Avery is a boring guy, however. This summer was especially busy for him as he spent part of the offseason fighting for marriage equality in New York and the other part dealing with these allegations as well as former teammate Alexander Frolov telling a Russian newspaper that Avery used racial slurs on the ice to provoke them, an allegation Frolov later denied making.
Unfortunately real life can be ugly to talk about. Former Leafs/Habs/Sharks star Vincent Damphousse was arraigned on six charges of domestic abuse today for allegedly assaulting his wife Allana Henderson between the years 2008 and 2011.
Damphousse did not appear for his hearing and will be back in court over the summer. With any situations like this you always wait for the full story to come out before damning anyone but this obviously looks ugly for Damphousse. Domestic abuse is awful and for things to get to the point where the police get involved looks even worse. Here’s to hoping that Damphousse and his wife can get the help they need.
During his NHL career with four different teams, Damphousse was a solid scorer and ended his career with 1,205 points after playing 1,378 games with the Maple Leafs, Oilers, Canadiens, and Sharks. Damphousse retired from the NHL in 2005 before the league returned from the lockout.
When it comes to publicity, if the NHL makes it onto TMZ Sports, it’s usually not a good thing. (Aside from the occasional story about Joel Quenneville getting his house amicably ransacked after winning the Stanley Cup.)
The latest NHL player to earn bad tabloid attention is Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek, who is being accused of punching a woman in the face at a Hollywood nightclub.
It’s far from the first bar-related incident in the NHL this season, as Brett Sutter made all kinds of negative headlines during an “out of character” incident in an Arizona bar. It’s also not the first time a member of the Leafs has been accused of hitting a member of the opposite sex, asd Komisarek’s teammate Mikhail Grabovski got himself into some trouble for allegedly striking a woman too.
TMZ Sports describes what sounds like an ugly incident (if it is true):
Law enforcement sources tell us … the 28-year-old defensive powerhouse was named in a police report filed by a woman who claims the whole thing went down after Komisarek decided to lift her up in the air at a Hollywood nightclub.
We’re told the woman claims she demanded Komisarek put her down — but he refused — so she slapped him in the face.
The woman claims Komisarek immediately set her down … and then punched her in the face, causing her to bleed.
No word from Komisarek, the Maple Leafs or the NHL just yet, but we’ll keep you updated when someone responds regarding the accusations. We’ll let you know if Komisarek faces any discipline from the law or the league as time goes by.