Posted on: August 6, 2011 1:14 pm
By: Adam Gretz
"IT'LL ALL WORK OUT AT SOME POINT" Those are the words of New York Rangers agitator Sean Avery when talking about his recent arrest. The New York Post caught up with Avery after he posted $20,000 bond on the battery charge and sounded confident everything would eventually work itself out. He was arrested on Thursday night after the police were called to his home during a party, where he allegedly called them "fat little pigs" and challenged them to a fight.
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Posted on: August 5, 2011 9:38 am
Edited on: August 5, 2011 4:04 pm
Rangers forward Sean Avery was arrested early Friday morning for battery on a peace officer and was taken to jail in the Los Angeles area. He has since posted bail of 20,000 and was released. Here is video of him leaving the jailhouse.
The story was first reported by TMZ.com.
Lt. Jorge Pardo told City News Service that a neighbor's noise complaint sent police to the home at around 1 a.m. Friday. Pardo said Avery answered the front door, shoved an officer and slammed the door but cooperated when officers knocked a second time.
The officer wasn't injured.
NHL star Sean Avery challenged cops to a FIGHT when they responded to his Hollywood Hills home this morning ... calling them, "Fat little pigs" ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
The incident comes a week after former teammate Alex Frolov was quoted as saying Avery did use racial slurs on the ice. Frolov denied ever saying them and called them fabricated. Still, there was this part of the "quote" that stands out today.
"[He] isn't a fool. Lately he has become calmer, smarter. Before he'd get swept away with emotions and do something stupid. To mention each and every one of his stunts ... something always happens around him, it's a part of his job. He needs to be talked about. He loves it, he feels at home in the spotlight."
It was starting to seem like Avery beginning to mature, put an end to his bad boy label. Earlier this offseason he opened up a restaurant in New York and did a highly publicized promotion for New York's gay marriage proposal. Moreover, he hasn't been making as much noise for his antics on the ice, instead becoming more of your typical lower-line grinder. Then something like this comes along and makes people think "Same ol' Sean."
As of now, the Rangers have yet to make a public statement regarding the incident, saying they first would like to discuss internally. That doesn't sound like good news for Avery, who figured to see his role diminished to a fourth-line player this upcoming season. It puts a dwindling position on the team in just a little more peril. Not to say this is something that should get a guy booted from a team, but it won't do Avery any favors with the Rangers brass.
Photo: Getty Images
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.
Posted on: July 20, 2011 2:21 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2011 2:31 pm
Phoenix Coyotes fourth-line forward Paul Bissonnette has made a name of himself on Twitter (@BizNasty2point0), cracking the CBSSports.com Twitter 140 earlier this month. He's funny, a touch crude and all in all a great follow.
He showed exactly what makes him popular in the Twittersphere when he spread his reach into the fashion television world this week. He was a guest on the Marilyn Denis Show to discuss women's trends that men hate. And apparently "spitting some game" at one of the models.
Watch the highlights of the segment here (video via TSN.ca).
Leave it to Bissonnette to turn a subject that would normally bore 95 percent of hockey fans into a must-watch. Bissonnette's takes on such things as the maxi dress and other "in" fashions for women are honest and, as expected, pretty hysterical. Not surprisingly, he admits to having a discussion with his buddy Sean Avery before coming on as Avery is a known fashion enthusiast when he isn't forcing the NHL to make rules in his (dis)honor.
Bissonnette's awkward moment comes near the end of the segment when the host asks him who his seventh grade teacher was and he gets it wrong, only to find out his teacher is in the studio audience.
Photo: Getty Images
Posted on: May 9, 2011 2:01 pm
Edited on: May 10, 2011 3:08 pm
Rangers forward Sean Avery has always been a true individual, never afraid to speak his mind or be himself. That includes his recent move to contribute to a movement in New York for equal marriage rights.
In a 30-second video he recorded, Avery is seen looking at the camera, espousing his belief in people being allowed to marry the person they love.
"The places I’ve played and lived the longest have been in West Hollywood, Calif., when I played for the L.A. Kings, and when I moved to New York, I lived in Chelsea for the first four years," Avery said in a phone interview with the New York Times . "I certainly have been surrounded by the gay community. And living in New York and when you live in L.A., you certainly have a lot of gay friends."
UPDATE: Uptown Sports, a firm that represents many players (see the list here ), doesn't seem to agree with Avery's point of view, criticizing the forward for joining the movement. Per tweets from Todd Reynolds, the firm's Vice President and son of the owner:
Very sad to read Sean Avery's misguided support of same-gender "marriage". Legal or not, it will always be wrong.
His recording joins a list of New York-area celebrities joining the fight, but is the first coming from an athlete. Similar movements in other states have had advocates from pro sports, specifically Ravens LB Brendon Ayanbadejo in Maryland while the Suns' Grant Hill and Jared Dudley recorded a PSA to discourage antigay language.
In addition to his on-ice notoriety as a class-A agitator (surely you remember this ) and off-ice instances like his infamous "sloppy seconds" remark regarding his ex-girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert's relationship with Dion Phaneuf, Avery has been active in the fashion world. He took an internship with Vogue magazine and hasn't hidden his interest in fashion.
"People have been calling me names for 10 years just because I like to wear nice suits," he told the Times . "It’s going to take a lot to get me upset or to get under my skin. I’m OK"
There still hasn't been an openly gay active male athlete in a professional American team sport. There have been a few players to come out across the globe and former NBA player John Amaechi revealed his homosexuality after his playing days finished.
On the ice, which always seems to be an afterthought with Avery, he scored three goals with 21 assists for the Rangers last season.
-- Brian Stubits