Blood seemed to be everywhere when Redondo Beach police officer Gregory Wiist toured the master bedroom of the multimillion-dollar home on Avenue C.
Around the bed. In the shape of a handprint on the wood floor. On the comforter. In a trail leading to the bathroom.
Marta Varlamova sobbed as Wiist interviewed her around midnight on Oct. 19, 2014. The distraught woman told the officer that her husband Slava Voynov, then a standout defenseman for the Los Angeles Kings, attacked her.
"My blood, all over bedroom and bathroom," Varlamova said in a recording. "And it's not first time."
She added: "He's very aggressive every time."
Three years and four months later, Voynov is playing for the Olympic Athletes from Russia, known as OAR, at the Pyeongchang Games.
After pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of corporal injury to a spouse, he served almost two months in jail in 2015. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement then took him into custody and he returned to Russia rather than go through deportation proceedings. The Kings terminated his six-year, $25-million contract.
Voynov remains suspended from the NHL. The league blocked him from participating in the World Cup in 2016. But Voynov, who plays professionally for SKA St. Petersburg in the Kontinental Hockey League, is welcome at the Olympics.
Ex-Kings player Slava Voynov spent two months in jail for domestic abuse, but is at Olympics representing Russia
Los Angeles Times | Feb 20