The NHL cleared Washington Capitals star Evgeny Kuznetsov after a video surfaced Monday of him sitting subsequent to a desk on which there are two strains of white powder in what seems to be a lodge room.
NHL deputy commissioner Invoice Daly stated in an announcement Friday that the league “completely reviewed the state of affairs” and considers the matter closed.
“Whereas we definitely don’t condone or endorse among the choices he made on the night time in query, Mr. Kuznetsov’s account of the occasions that transpired aligns with different info we’ve been in a position to collect, and we’ve discovered no foundation to query his representations with respect to what did — and what didn’t — happen,” Daly stated in an announcement.
Kuznetsov additionally launched an announcement by way of the Capitals on Friday.
“Whereas I’ve by no means taken unlawful medicine in my life and profession, I want to publicly apologize to the Capitals, my teammates, our followers and everybody else, for placing myself in a nasty state of affairs,” Kuznetsov stated. “This was a tough lesson for me to be taught.”
The Capitals stated they met with Kuznetsov to debate the video.
“Whereas we’re disenchanted by his presence within the video, we settle for his rationalization and apology for placing himself in an unlucky state of affairs,” the crew stated in an announcement. “Evgeny has been a terrific participant and an energetic member of our group, and we count on him to be taught from this expertise and uphold each the requirements the group has for him in addition to his personal.”
Kuznetsov, 27, simply completed taking part in for Russia on this planet hockey championship in Slovakia. He had two objectives and 4 assists in 10 video games because the Russians gained the bronze medal.
He led all gamers with 32 factors (12 objectives, 20 assists) in final yr’s playoffs, which culminated with the Capitals profitable the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.
Kuznetsov had 21 objectives and 51 assists this season for the Capitals, who had been eradicated within the first spherical of the playoffs by the Carolina Hurricanes.
The NHL assessments its gamers for medicine of abuse, although if a optimistic take a look at is discovered, the participant will not be punished. As an alternative, representatives from the NHL and NHLPA’s joint Substance Abuse and Behavioral Well being Program can attain out to a participant who assessments optimistic and suggest a therapy plan.