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Tyutin: Varlamov’s only mistake ‘is that he got together with this girl’

Nov 5, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

Fedor Tyutin AP

Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin has made some strong comments regarding Semyon Varlamov‘sarrest on allegations of domestic violence.

In an interview with Russian news outlet R-Sport, Tyutin defended his friend and Russian national teammate with some pointed criticisms of the American legal system and the alleged victim of Varlamov’s attack, Evgeniya Vavrinyuk.

Here’s the translation of what Tyutin said to R-Sport, as per Yahoo!’s Dmitry Chesnokov:

“I personally know Semyon very well. He is quite a true, considerate guy. As soon as I heard it all, I realized that it is all blown [out of proportion].

“It’s just American laws are on the women’s side, that’s why they can go to the police for any little thing, complain and bring a lot of problems to men.

“That’s why the only mistake of Semyon is that he got together with this girl.”

Vavrinyuk, 24, said in an interview that Varlamov drunkenly kicked her during a fight, which she claimed to be the fifth time he’d beaten her. The Avs goalie was released from jail on $5,000 bond and allowed to travel with the team — one night following his arrest, Varlamov was in goal for a 3-2 win over the Stars in Dallas.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Sometimes it’s better to say nothing at all.

    • davebabychreturns - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      Hey, the only thing Tyutin did wrong here was allow R-Sport to interview him.

      It’s just that in an interview people can ask you questions and then publish your answers, and bring you a lot of problems as a result. That’s why the the only mistake of Fedor is that he got together with this news agency.

      • babykaby - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:38 AM

        No only that, but how many times has the translation turned out to be incorrect regarding what russians are actually saying? Happens all the time.

  2. imnotyourbuddyguy - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    “It’s just American laws are on the women’s side, that’s why they can go to the police for any little thing, complain and bring a lot of problems to men.”

    Tyutin is about to get destroyed in the media, probably should be facing a suspension if this woman has any marks on her from a drunken beating at the hands of Varly.

    Cue up someone about to say something ignorant about free speech in 3, 2, 1

    • ntvd7 - Nov 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM


      “Should face a suspension” for what?

      He didn’t do anything and for all we know, Varlamov didn’t either

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Nov 5, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        NHL is a business, if I own the BlueJackets I suspend a player for a game or two for making stupid comments like this, I’m trying to sell tickets, not have womens group focus on my business in a negative way.

        I don’t want some women not going to my games because I allowed my employees to say such stupid things without consequences.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Nov 5, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        And he didn’t do anything?

        “It’s just American laws are on the women’s side, that’s why they can go to the police for any little thing, complain and bring a lot of problems to men.”

        His choice of words, he did do something, it doesn’t even matter at this point if Varly did anything or not, Tyutin uttered absolute foolishness while an employee and representing the Blue Jackets.

        Are you sincerely this clueless at comprehending just how ignorant a statement he made publicly?

      • ntvd7 - Nov 5, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        (It’d be nice if I could respond to his comments instead of my own on here)

        “Hey honey, let’s go check out the Jackets game tonight”

        “Oh no. Didn’t you hear their one player made a comment about domestic violence!?!? We can’t go to that game! IT’S OBVIOUS THE ENTIRE BLUE JACKETS ORGANIZATION SUPPORTS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE”

        If there’s a parade of women protesting outside the game I’ll believe you…

        Until then this is just nonsensical babble and there will be no suspension

      • ntvd7 - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:39 PM

        No fine, no suspension, no s**t

    • avscup - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      The NHL is a business and any business would leave the law to, well the police and the Judge. You are not an owner and never will be so stop right there. Suspend Tyutin for making a poorly worded comment that has some truth to it?

      Varlamov was not even suspended and he is the accused! Don’t you think it a little revealing that the Judge made the bail only $5000 and allowed Varly to travel? Seems to me like the evidence is very weak and so is the case or a week later we would be hearing about it.

      I’m not picking sides but the victim here could very well be Varly!

  3. btlpper68 - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Oh damn ..

  4. puckhogg - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    two things to remember here….1) varlamov is accused, not guilty and 2) tyutin’s interview is translated from Russian to English. not always coming across as the way he meant to for it to come across

    I agree though, he shouldn’t have commented

    • jcmeyer10 - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      I agree, but knowing there has a been a history of Russian language interviews not exactly translating the potential subtlety of remarks to English, he could have opted for something different.

      Maybe this, “This does not sounds like the guy I know but we have to let the process play out and make a judgement from there”.

  5. xdj511 - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Oh Fedor… you’re lucky you’re in Columbus now and relatively anonymous instead of still on the Rangers… you have just that much more of a chance of slipping under the radar… if you were still a “New York” athlete you couldn’t possibly avoid being ripped to shreds for this.

  6. stakex - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    “It’s just American laws are on the women’s side, that’s why they can go to the police for any little thing, complain and bring a lot of problems to men.”

    Yeah, its really inconvenient here in America that a woman can actually press charges against a man when he attacks her isn’t it? Wow…. what an amazingly ignorant comment.

    Look, I don’t know what happened. No one does but this woman and Varlomov, and they both have wildly different stories I’m sure. However this rush of public attacks on the alleged victim by those around Varlamov is troubling. I know his friends/family want to defend him, but blaming the victim or the laws in this country isn’t helping one bit. In fact its making things worse by keeping this story on the front page, when it would be best for everyone (especially Varlamov) if it just went away for now.

    Also, imagine how Tyutin is going to look if there really is proof out there that a beating took place. He’s going to look like a complete and utter idiot… more so then he does already.

  7. joey4id - Nov 5, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    This guy doesn’t realize that women are also human beings who must be treated with respect and dignity as opposed to abuse. Unless he was there when the incident happened he doesn’t know the facts anymore than we do.. Speaking the way he did just demonstrates the plight of women in Russia.

  8. drewsylvania - Nov 5, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    I sincerely hope that these f**ks aren’t indicative of most Russian men.

    • skr213 - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      Uuuhhh, haven’t dealt with Russian men much have you? Here in SF, there’s a healthy Russian population and, to put it politely, they are not usually the most respectful of folks.

  9. 2qswing - Nov 5, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    repeat after me. I have no comment

  10. Windmiller4 - Nov 5, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Hold on guys, before we start tearing tyutin a new one, lets think about it. Maybe he knows something we don’t know. What if Varly actually didn’t do anything to her, and she’s all making it up? In that case it would make a lot of sense for him to say that American laws favor the woman, cause in many cases they do. If a month ago i had said on here that Varly was a bad man who beats women every one of you guys would go out of your way to make some comment about how stupid i am. And now you guys are doing just that with the same amount of proof as i would’ve had a month ago. Lets just wait and see how this whole thing plays out before making any quick judgements

  11. tctctime - Nov 5, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    You couldn’t be more on target!

  12. hockeyflow33 - Nov 5, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    I think what he meant was never marry crazy p ussy

  13. muckleflugga - Nov 5, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    based on available information i see little in the way anything wrong with these comments other than bringing a bunch of the latter-day pantywaist and the needfully politically correct out of the divots in their swivel chairs in self-righteous indignation…

    what a load of tripe…the nhl has evolved into a soap opera sprung on threadbare fact and conjecture; professional sport has become a forum for every special interest group clambering for a forum

    let the facts speak, then offer judgement

    if there was anything of merit in the allegations, i doubt varlamov would have walked for a paltry 5k; get real, what an insult to due process and the judiciary itself in presuming guilt then damning everyone offering opinion deviating slightly from political correctness

  14. avfanforlife - Nov 5, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    I read this article looking for some news, or an update on the Varly situation. Obviously, I am still looking for some news, or an update on the Varly situation.

  15. ikillchicken - Nov 5, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    In Soviet Russia, law protects YOU (when you beat your girlfriend).

  16. skr213 - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    This crazy American country where law protects victim and forwards are supposed to be defensively responsible. So crazy!!

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