After allegations against New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin came out, the team announced on Monday that the 29-year-old has left the team indefinitely.
The allegations came from his former KHL coach, Andrei Nazarov, stating that Panarin beat up an 18-year-old girl in Latvia in 2011.
Nazarov, who has criticized Panarin’s words regarding Russian President Vladimir Putin, said that Panarin “sent her to the floor with several powerful blows,” according to ESPN.
He added that a criminal case opened against Panarin in Latvia but someone paid $40,000 to close the case. Nazarov’s team dealt Panarin a month after the alleged assault.
The Rangers released a statement on Monday afternoon.
Last month, Panarin showed his support for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in an Instagram post. Through a Rangers spokesperson, Panarin declined to comment further on the topic in the days after the post.
Panarin, who signed an $81.5 million, seven-year contract with New York in 2019, typically spends his offseasons in Russia and still has family there.
One in currently leads the Rangers in most offensive statistic categories. He has five goals and 13 assists for 18 points in 14 games this season
By Harrison Brown