Semyon Varlamov’s arrest is making headline news in sports headlines today. The 25-year-old goalie of the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche surrendered to police Wednesday evening after a warrant was issued for domestic kidnapping and assault charges, reports ESPN on Friday.
The Russian-born Varlamov is accused of severely beating his girlfriend on Monday, dragging her about by the hair and kicking her in the chest. In the complaint filed by his unnamed girlfriend, Varlamov is accused of telling her that had they been in Russian, he would have beaten her more.
Varlamov's attorney, Jack Rotole, declined to comment, but Paul Theofanous, Varlamov's agent, told ESPN that his client is “completely innocent” of all charges.
A Colorado Avalanche team spokesperson released a statement after the arrest:
“The Colorado Avalanche organization is aware of the allegations concerning Semyon Varlamov,” the team said. “At this time, and until the conclusion of this investigation, the Avalanche organization will have no further comment on this situation.”
The NHL released a similarly worded statement: “The league is aware of the situation involving Semyon Varlamov. We will not comment unless or until we have a fuller understanding of all of the facts and circumstances related to the legal charges that have been filed.”
Denver Police Sgt. Steve Warneke said that Varlamov’s celebrity status will not affect the way the case is treated.
“I do know we consider every criminal prosecution equally important,” Warneke said. “We're concerned about the rights of the victim, the rights of everybody involved. Our goal every time is to provide everybody with a fair and balanced opportunity to go through the judicial system without corrupting that through releasing things that could jeopardize any sort of criminal case.”
Varlamov posted bail and was allowed to remain with his team and travel while awaiting his court appearance.