Sean Avery in trouble again with Police, Rangers and NHL to review his case
Sean Avery has stolen the spotlight again, typically not by his performance but by his stunts off rink. Whether it is his ridiculous acts on the rink (the Avery Rule), racial slurs, loud and late partying habits or disastrous relationships; Avery has managed to stay on top in all departments.
The latest in Avery’s saga was his arrest after the NHL player had a quarrel with a Police officer. It can now be reported that Avery has been released on bail of $20,000. The incident happened early Friday morning in Hollywood. According to the law, battery on a police officer carries a misdemeanor charge which has a potential penalty of up to one year in jail and/or a fine of $2,000.
In the aftermath of this fiasco, the New York Rangers player now has a 2nd September court appearance at Los Angeles Municipal Court Division 80. Rangers on the other hand have not stated any penalties for the player which leads us to wonder how long will the former Dallas Stars’ career last with Rangers.
According to reports, the Los Angeles Police Department were called to Avery’s apartment after neighbors complained of loud noise. Of course, there was a party going on at Avery’s residence but when the police asked Avery to step out and shut the party down the player pushed the officer and slammed the door shut. However, the player did cooperate when the Police knocked at his door again.
NHL’s spokesman on the issue, John Dellapina stated in a press release, “We are gathering information so it would be inappropriate to comment at this time.” Official reports of the incident quote the player shoved the police office when he answered the door. Avery was then arrested at 12:30 am, booked at 2:58 am and then released at 8:10 am.
The 31-year-old player is in the final season of his four year contract he signed with Dallas Stars for $15.5 million before he left for Rangers as a free agent. Officials from Rangers have commented on the dilemma saying, “We will discuss the matter with Sean and have no further comment at this time.”
With the Dallas Stars, Avery’s name was slated in the headline on a regular basis. His tenure with them lasted for 23 games after which NFL suspended him from the League. The reason behind were the comments Avery made about his ex-girlfriend, Elisha Cuthbert, and then later Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf.
NFL ordered him into an anger management program and told his case would be reviewed later. Avery eventually resumed his career by playing the last 18 matches of 2009-09 with Rangers.
Now Avery has 3 goals and 21 assists under his belt in 76 fixtures. Coach John Tortorella has made Avery Rangers’ healthy scratch for some time now. He featured in just 6 of the 13 final regular season games is causing speculation of Avery growing out of favor.
However, all that is set to change as Rangers squad is bursting with forwards. They have listed 13 forwards on their roster which does not include Mats Zuccarello. Zuccarello scored 6 goals alongside 17 assists in 42 NHL games last season. The list also excludes Carl Hagelin which means Avery would essentially be important for Rangers tactics this season.