NHL star Slava Voynov's wife pleaded with prosecutors to drop the felony domestic violence case against him because if people like Ray Rice didn't go to jail ... Slava shouldn't either.
TMZ Sports obtained a letter sent by Slava's wife, Marta Varlamova, to the L.A. County District Attorney in November ... and in it she takes all the blame for the argument which she says started during a party at a friend's house where she was drinking -- but continued when they got home.
She claims Voynov was trying to go to sleep, but she kept pressing the issue and got physical ... squeezing his shoulders and yelling, "No, I want to talk more." Marta says he only pushed her when she refused to get out of his face. That's when -- as we've previously reported -- she claims she turned and smashed her head into a flat screen TV in their bedroom.
In the letter, she describes how profusely she was bleeding and says, "I started yelling because it hurt quite a bit and I was very worried about whether I was going to need stitches and worried about how it would look." She says they decided to go to the ER around 11:30 PM.
Marta, whose first language is Russian ... claims she repeatedly told a police officer Slava did not try to kill her, and she was not afraid of him. As we've told you ... she and Slava believe the officer did not understand her because her English is so poor.
In fact, during a hearing Monday ... police testified the she had said Voynov punched, kicked and choked her. So, it appears there was a communication gap ... or someone's lying.
Marta ends the letter by pointing out she's "heard about other athletes on the news" who did things that Slava didn't ... yet they were not charged. She's clearly referring to Ray Rice ... who got a pretrial intervention program instead of being prosecuted for punching his then-fiancee.
Despite her objection ... Voynov has been charged with felony domestic violence.
We Screwed Up!
Slava's Gotta Stay Away
12/2/2014 1:52 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Kings reacted to the $100,000 fine the NHL laid on the team today, saying ... “It is incumbent upon us to be more vigilant in managing this situation to ensure that Slava’s allowable training activities always remain separate from the team.”
Slava was suspended after his October arrest for allegedly beating up his wife. As we told you ... he pled not guilty yesterday, but participated in a team practice today -- a violation of his suspension.
The Kings added ... "This was clearly a mistake on our part and we accept full responsibility."
Los Angeles Kings
Fined by the NHL
for Letting Slava Voynov Practice
12/2/2014 12:52 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Los Angeles Kings were hit with a $100,000 fine by the NHL for letting suspended defenseman Slava Voynov practice with the team, one day after he pled not guilty to domestic violence charges.
According to a statement released by the NHL, the Kings violated the terms of Voynov's suspension by allowing him to skate Tuesday during a club practice. The statement read, "Such activity is in direct contravention of the terms of the suspension ... which permit Mr. Voynov to use club facilities and work with team personnel, but prohibit his participation in any team-related functions or activities."
We reached out to the team for comment on the fine ... so far, no word back.
As TMZ Sports previously reported, the 24-year-old was arrested on October 20 after allegedly beating up his wife -- causing injuries to her eyebrow, cheek and neck.
An attorney for Voynov claims cops simply misunderstood the hockey player's wife when she originally described the incident because she doesn't speak English.
L.A. Kings Star Slava Voynov
Arrives to Court
In Domestic Violence Case
12/1/2014 9:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
10:00 AM PDT -- As expected, Voynov pled not guilty. According to court docs, Voynov and his wife have been living together since the incident, though she did not show up with him. He's due back in court on December 15.
L.A. Kings star Slava Voynov just arrived to a L.A. courthouse where he's scheduled to be arraigned on a felony domestic violence charge stemming from an alleged altercation with his wife.
Voynov was silent on his way into the courtroom ... but he's expected to plead not guilty to the charge.
As we previously reported, the 24-year-old was arrested on October 20th after allegedly beating his wife so badly, she was hospitalized with injuries to her eyebrow, cheek and neck. Sources tell us she required several stitches to close facial wounds.
As for Slava, he is adamant he didn't attack his wife -- and claims officials misunderstood her when she was trying to explain that she simply "fell down" at their L.A. home because she only speaks Russian.
NHL Player Slava Voynov
Charged With Domestic Violence
11/20/2014 1:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was hit with a felony charge Thursday following an arrest for domestic violence last month.
The charge -- corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily injury -- carries a maximum sentence of 9 years in state prison if found guilty.
According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney, Voynov's wife suffered injuries to her eyebrow, cheek and neck ... and the damage was serious enough that she had to get treated at a hospital. Sources tell us she required several stitches to close facial wounds.
Voynov will be arraigned on December 1. He's been suspended from the Kings since his arrest on October 20.
As we previously reported ... Voynov's attorney, Craig Renetzky, says the wife "fell down" in their home. He added ... she does not want to press charges.
That won't make the case go away. Prosecutors frequently pursue charges when a violent felony has occurred -- even if the alleged victim doesn't cooperate. Renetzky maintains his client is innocent.
NHL Star Slava Voynov
Dom. Violence Victim Hospitalized
10/20/2014 9:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The woman who was allegedly attacked by L.A. Kings star Slava Voynov was injured so badly, she was rushed to the hospital ... where staffers called the cops on Voynov ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Law enforcement tells us ... Voynov was actually arrested at the hospital in Torrance, CA around 1 AM Monday morning on suspicion of domestic violence.
We're told Voynov had accompanied the woman to the hospital -- and shortly after they arrived, hospital staffers called authorities to report Voynov as the person suspected of attacking the woman.
Our sources also ell us the woman claims she was in a relationship with Voynov.
Voynov was hauled to a nearby jail -- where he was eventually released on $50k bail.
Story developing ...
RUINED OUR SEX LIVES
... Lawsuit Claims
7/24/2014 10:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The L.A. Kings are responsible for destroying the sex lives of two grandparents ... this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports.
The people behind the allegations are Trina and Dino Adam -- who claim they were at the L.A. Kings Icetown sports center in Riverside, CA back in January for their granddaughter's birthday party.
In the docs, the couple claims they were celebrating in a special room away from the ice rink in the sports center when a hockey puck zipped into the room and struck Trina in the head.
According to the suit, Trina was knocked out cold ... and her husband caught her before she hit the ground ... but she suffered serious injuries from the incident -- including nausea, headaches, mood swings, memory loss and more.
In fact, Trina says less than a week after the incident she lost her balance as a result of the lingering effects of the puck injury and tumbled down a flight of stairs ... fracturing her wrist.
But that's not all -- Dino says he's suffered as well ... claiming in the suit that he's lost the "enjoyment of sexual relations" with his wife.
The couple is suing the Kings organization for medical expenses and other damages.
We reached out to the Kings for comment -- so far, no word back.
FEELS TERRIBLE ABOUT COMMENTS
... Says Ex-Kings Owner
5/7/2014 5:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Donald Sterling is finally expressing remorse about the racist comments that got him banned from the NBA ... this according to former L.A. Kings owner Bruce McNall who says Donald told him he feels "terrible" during a phone call a few days ago.
McNall was out in Malibu on Wednesday and told us he's been friends with Sterling for years -- and had a conversation with the disgraced L.A. Clippers owner just the other day.
"Oh man, when I talked to him ... he felt terrible," McNall says.
"I mean he was like 'What an idiot I am. I don't know what I was thinking or doing."
It's the first time Sterling has shown any regret about the substance of his comments. The last thing he had said was that he was only angry that he didn't pay off V. Stiviano when he had the chance.
and NHL Boyfriend
2/14/2014 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Erin Andrews took a break from being yelled at by NFL superstars to remind you ... she's actually in pretty good shape.
Andrews and L.A. Kings star Jarret Stoll are on a little couples retreat at the moment -- and decided to spice things up with a stand-up paddle board session.
Not as exciting as getting screamed at by Richard Sherman ... but still, impressive.
NHL Star Dustin Penner
I Need to Settle My Divorce
FOR THE SAKE OF MY HOCKEY CAREER!
9/16/2013 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Anaheim Ducks star Dustin Penner begged a judge to sign off on his divorce from his hot actress wife ASAP ... claiming the legal war is messing with his head and distracting him from playing like the kind of guy who deserves a FAT contract, TMZ has learned.
We broke the story, Penner -- who killed it for the L.A. Kings during their Stanley Cup run back in 2012 -- was hit with divorce papers from Jessica Welch last year. She's an actress who once appeared in an episode of "Are You Afraid of the Dark."
After splitting in February '12, Penner and Welch banged out a settlement agreement and submitted it to the court -- but the case dragged on for more than a year.
So last month, Penner submitted a plea to the judge ... begging him to sign off on the divorce as soon as possible because the stress from the split could affect his game ... which could ultimately affect his wallet.
In the court docs, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Penner writes ... "I am 30 years old. It is important for me psychologically to enter the upcoming season with this dissolution finally behind me so I can try to secure a multi-year contract."
He adds, "Training camp starts September 21st and I would like to have this matter completed before then."
Penner's wish was finally granted on September 9th -- so if he has a crappy season with the Ducks this year, he's all out of excuses.
Porn Star Taylor Stevens
I Can SAVE the L.A. Kings
... with My Boobs
6/4/2013 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Porn star Taylor Stevens knows ... if the L.A. Kings are going to come back from an 0-2 deficit in the Western Conference finals, they're gonna need her boobs to distract the Chicago Blackhawks -- and tonight, she's READY TO STEP UP!!!
FYI -- Taylor has become a master distractor at the Kings games ... strategically sitting behind the opposing team's bench (with cans in full view) in the hopes of taking the players' minds off the game ... and it's worked in the past.
So, with the Kings' championship hopes on the line ... Taylor tells TMZ she's carefully selected her battle threads for Game 3 in L.A. tonight ... and judging from the pics, it's clear she means business.
Tom Cruise & David Beckham
The Kings Game Face-Off
5/29/2013 8:30 AM PDT BY Johnny Lopez
It was Team Cruise vs. Team Beckham at the L.A. Kings game last night.
Wearing father and son leathers, Tom Cruise and Connor Cruise watched the Kings beat the San Jose Sharks sitting alongside David and Victoria Beckham and their kids Romeo, Cruz, Brooklyn and adorable little Harper Beckham.
While the two A-list broods have no rivalry and have been good friends since back when Katie Holmes was still in the picture, Team Cruise clearly had the better seats in the house.
Even after all of David's hard work, soccer still gets no respect in the States.
L.A. Kings Announcer
Hey Keyshawn ...
BIEBER'S RIGHT HERE!!!
5/29/2013 5:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Everyone watches hockey for the fights ... and last night, the L.A. Kings announcer did his part to set up Keyshawn vs. Bieber by calling out JB during the live broadcast.
Right before the 3rd period, the camera found Bieber and some pals sitting rinkside at last night's Game 7 between the Kings and the Sharks (Go Kings Go!).
The announcer -- clearly abreast of the whole "Keyshawn Johnson vs. Justin Bieber Showdown in Calabasas" -- had a personal message for Key ... come and get him, HE'S RIGHT HERE!!!!
Unfortunately, Keyshawn didn't show up ... we're guessing he's not a big hockey fan.