Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov turned himself in to Denver police on October 30, 2013, following accusations of domestic violence. Upon arrest the Russian netminder was criminally charged with second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault. Varlamov is accused of perpetrating the above mentioned crimes against what canada.com call his “sexual partner,” Russian model Evgeniya Vavrinyuk.
The Avs goaltender was shortly-thereafter released from police custody on bail and has since rejoined his club.
Over here, in North America, the Varlamov story wasn’t dominating headlines for more than a day, or two. If anything, in the weeks that followed, it became an after thought. Certainly, no one out of Denver has openly suspected Varlamov’s arrest to be part of a conspiracy. However, across the pond in Russia there has been some noise that Varlamov’s run-in-with-the-law was all part of a plot to weaken the Russian national team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Igor Ananskykh of the Physical Culture Ministry told Voice of Russia:
“The situation is really strange, given that the Sochi Olympics will take place soon and Varlamov is candidate to become part of our national hockey team which we do count on.”
Could this all be part of some sinister master plot to hinder the goaltending situation of the Russian national ice hockey team?
— Ryan Parker (@TheRyanParker) November 19, 2013