NHL star taking depart of absence after Russian media report left him ‘shaken and anxious’

The Russian star is “shaken and anxious” following “unfounded allegations” made towards him, in keeping with a staff assertion posted to Twitter.

The assertion refers to a report from Russian tabloid newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda wherein a former coach of Panarin’s alleges that Panarin assaulted a girl in a Latvian bar in 2011.

“Artemi vehemently and unequivocally denies any and all allegations on this fabricated story,” Rangers officers stated within the assertion. “That is clearly an intimidation tactic getting used towards him for being outspoken on latest political occasions.”

The Rangers stated Panarin, 29, is a goal for intimidation attributable to his political beliefs, which have been essential of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Panarin just lately made a social media submit in assist of jailed Putin opposition chief Alexey Navalny.

CNN has reached out to the Kremlin for remark.

NHL.com reported that the league “stated it’s supportive of Panarin and the Rangers, and it’ll proceed to watch the state of affairs.” The location didn’t quote anyone on the NHL by title.

The NHL has not responded to CNN’s request for remark however has retweeted the Rangers’ assertion. CNN has reached out to Panarin’s agent, Paul Theofanous, for remark.

In six seasons, the left wing has scored 153 targets and had 280 assists.

Panarin has performed for 3 NHL groups — the Rangers, the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Chicago Blackhawks. He was chosen the league’s high rookie in 2016 and has twice been chosen an all-star at season’s finish.

Earlier than enjoying within the NHL he was a member of Russian groups within the Kontinental Hockey League, which additionally has groups in Belarus, China, Finland, Kazakhstan and Latvia.

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