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Varlamov arrest not about hockey, it’s about life

- October 31st, 2013

Here’s my take on the arrest of Colorado Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov, who is facing serious charges for allegedly beating a woman reported to be his girlfriend on Tuesday.

First: This is NOT about the Colorado Avalanche, dammit.

It has nothing at all to do with a team that has over-achieved this season hitting some adversity, despite the fact that Varlamov plays for them. Adversity is created — and sympathy garnered — through the likes of unfortunate circumstances, like a season-ending injury.

Being arrested on domestic violence charges is about as far from “unfortunate” as you can get, people, unless the accusations prove false, or when this goes to trial. And, yes, Varlamov is innocent until proven guilty.

But let’s not play the woe-is-us card for the Avalanche, for crying out loud.

Again, this has NOTHING to do with the Avs. It has EVERYTHING to do with the alleged victim, a woman being identified as Evgeniya Vavrinyuk, Varlamov’s on-again, off-again girlfriend. Her lawyer alleged Thursday that “this is the most minor of the beatings she received” and there were five in all.

To focus on the impact this will have on the Avalanche, not the alleged victim, is misguided at worst, dumb at best.

Second: Some crackpot in the Russian government — he’s the head of the committee on physical culture, whatever that is — is spouting off about Varlamov’s arrest being some sort of conspiracy to prevent the home team from winning the gold medal at the Sochi Olympics. Not only that, Igor Ananskikh said, “As far as we know, his girlfriend complained to the police and on the basis of her complaints to arrest a man … I think this is totally wrong and incorrect.”

Uh, what? Seriously?

Being arrested after a police complaint, and after cops reportedly find evidence of an assault, is HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS in North America, jackass.

Hopefully his comment doesn’t reflect how mainstream Russian society thinks, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was, considering Varlamov allegedly told the the victim if they were in Russia, he would have beat her more.

Hey, Igor, there is NO conspiracy. This is NOT about the Olympics. This is NOT about screwing the Russians out of the gold medal.

This is, as I’ve said earlier, about the alleged victim. Period. End of story.

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