The Washington Capitals, Evgeny Kuznetsov and the National Hockey League all released official statements Friday morning:
Official Statement From The Washington Capitals
“In addition to doing our own due diligence, we met with Evgeny to discuss the video circulated on social media. While we are disappointed by his presence in the video, we accept his explanation and apology for putting himself in an unfortunate situation. Evgeny has been a terrific player and an active member of our community, and we expect him to learn from this experience and uphold both the standards the organization has for him as well as his own.”
Official Statement From Evgeny Kuznetsov
“I would like to address the video of me that appeared online on Monday. While I have never taken illegal drugs in my life and career, I would like to publicly apologize to the Capitals, my teammates, our fans and everyone else, for putting myself in a bad situation. This was a hard lesson for me to learn.”
Official Statement from the NHL
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly statement regarding Capitals’ forward Evgeny Kuznetsov, also released at the same time the Capitals and Kuznetsov disseminated their official statements:
After a bronze medal run with Team Russia at the 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation’s World Championships, Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov found himself under intense social media speculation on Monday when a video surfaced showing the Caps’ superstar center sitting next to a table with white powder which many speculated to be cocaine.
Kuznetsov spoke to Russian sports website Sports Express, on Monday, addressing the tweet that featured the video, which has since been deleted.
This is the video included in a tweet that was deleted Monday afternoon. The text of the tweet translated to “So that’s why we lost”:
A translation of Kuznetsov’s full response to Sport-Express.ru is provided below: