Just when you think you’ve witnessed all the possible team violations in professional sports, teams continue to surprise. This time it involves the Los Angeles Kings, who have fined $100,000 for allowing player Slava Voynov to practice even though he had been suspended from taking part in team activities following a domestic-violence arrest.
The NHL released a statement saying, “Such activity is in direct contravention of the terms of the suspension levied Oct. 20, which permit Mr. Voynov to use club facilities and work with team personnel but prohibit his participation in any team-related functions or activities.”
According to lakingsinsider.com, Coach Darryl Sutter said, “It was an optional skate and everybody went. He was supposed to come out after with the injured guys right after practice. Everybody went today.”
No doubt that this was just a lapse of judgment on the coaching staff who did not give the situation much thought, since Voynov cannot participate in games anyways. Regardless, this significant amount is a ridiculous fine for this kind of behavior, and now the league is $100,000 richer. The league always wins.