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Assault charges against Varlamov dropped

Dec 20, 2013, 3:56 PM EDT

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Assault charges against Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov were dropped on Friday by a Denver judge, at the request of prosecutors who said they couldn’t prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

“That’s not to say we don’t believe our victim,” district attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough said, per the Denver Post. “It became clear we didn’t have a belief we could prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Kimbrough noted that, upon re-interviewing witnesses, interviewers noticed some statements had shifted.

Varlamov, 25, was charged with third-degree assault after originally being arrested for second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault on Oct. 30, following allegations of domestic abuse from his girlfriend.

The more serious kidnapping charge (a Class 4 Felony) was dropped as the DA didn’t feel it could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Varlamov last appeared in court on Dec. 2 for an “advisement hearing” and never entered a plea to the assault charges. He was expected to do so on Jan. 22.

The Russian netminder hasn’t let his off-ice issues affect his play. He has a 16-8-1 record with a 2.37 GAA and .924 save percentage this year and has won three of his last four starts, including Thursday’s 4-2 win over Edmonton in which he stopped 27 of 29 shots faced.

Varlamov is expected to challenge — and, at this point, is likely the leading candidate — for Russia’s starting goalie gig at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

  1. storminator16 - Dec 20, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Now all you lawyer wannabes can just shut up.

    My, if we go take a look at the comments some of you made when the original story broke. Many of you should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Queue the “but this doesn’t mean he wasn’t guilty!” rebuttal comments.

    • upper90cheese - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      “Some statements had shifted.” Hmm. Wonder why they shifted. Maybe somebody helped them change there stories.

      • avfanforlife - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        No – Statements Shifted simply put means she couldn’t keep her lies straight. His story most likely remained constant throughout. “The truth is easier to remember than lies”.

      • storminator16 - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        That’s all you took from that? Really.

        Some of you need to be brought up on charges just because you are such Negative Nancys and/or Conspiracy Larrys.


      • storminator16 - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:43 PM

        That’s the way I see it, avfanforlife.

      • comeonnowguys - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        Just make sure you give the FSU QB the same benefit of the doubt you so freely give your goalie.

      • 2difshoe - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:29 PM

        $torie$ $hifted alright !

      • avfanforlife - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:59 PM

        Seriously uppercheese… Think about it logically. Whose statements could have shifted here? His? NO – He has claimed innocent and told his side consistantly. If His statements were “shifting”, then they’d have a case. Hers and/or HER witnesses are obviously not remaining consistant… changing… shifting, which would lead to reasonable doubt. It is hard to keep track of lies.

      • 950003cups - Dec 20, 2013 at 7:10 PM


      • 950003cups - Dec 20, 2013 at 7:12 PM

        Kovalchuk was wrong when he said she only wanted a green card. She really wanted green backs. Stacks of them!

    • storminator16 - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      Furthermore, upper90cheese, it pisses me off that you and people like you think the legal system hasn’t dealt with such a situation before. In terms of the time this took to get dismissed, it was very short. Kind makes one to believe she didn’t have a case at all.

      Some women do this kind of thing. Its heinous but that’s life.

      • dueman - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        …and some rich athletes simply payoff the girl they beat in a drunken rage when they realize, that if and when they lose in court, it would be tough to find an NHL team that would be okay with having a goaltender that can’t cross the border any more! I wasn’t a witness to what actually happened, so I’m not going to pretend that I know the truth, but you don’t know what actually happened either buddy so you should probably lay off the woman bashing….you might have a girlfriend one day.

      • storminator16 - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        Wait, what? I’m woman bashing because the judge threw out the case against Varlamov? That’s rich. I think either:

        a) Many of you have really bad reading comprehension.
        b) Many of you are all peace loving hippies but not when a great injustice has been done! (So you’ll spin the story any way want. Conjecture on my part as I have no idea how you liberal minded folks think. I’m just trying to fill a gap here.)
        c) Blessed, fortunate rich folks are the scourge of Earth and they should be stopped at all costs.
        d) All of the above because that’s the way it is.
        3) None of the above YOU have a hard time keeping YOUR story straight.

        I’m out. I have my own issues to deal with, not what some of you think you know what the heck you are talking about.

      • drewsylvania - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        As if you know a thing about what happened in this case.

    • burgh916 - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      Unfortunately that’s the country we live in nowadays. Guilty before proven innocent, and people enjoy ruining someone’s reputation for life.
      However, Varlamov should never be putting himself in situations like this to begin with. There’s a reason his ex gf pressed charges to begin with, lets all remember that.

    • drewsylvania - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      But this doesn’t mean he wasn’t guilty (or didn’t do it).

    • valoisvipers - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      Sounds like love isn’t all you can buy with money. Freedom at a price.

  2. charlieconway96 - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    I’d like to thank PHT for continually using photos while covering this story that make Varalmov look like a complete psycho.

    • blackandorangeforlife - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      Nice catch…He does look like a psycho in that pic….Satan himself looks like a teddy bear in comparison!

      • thesportsjudge - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:12 PM

        You mean Hartnell? ;P

      • blackandorangeforlife - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        Naaa….Gotta give Scotty a pass here…..Only because he is banging Sheen Parveen!

  3. sjsharks66 - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Good for him!

  4. jpelle82 - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    re interviewing the witnesses. meaning the victim and varlomov right? this happened in the house, no one else was there so they themselves were the 2 witnesses. statements changed to where they couldnt proceed huh? tells me that hers must have been the one that had the discrepancies otherwise they would be moving forward still i would think.

    • Kim Mack Rosenberg - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      Wouldn’t just be the two of them. I would guess they interviewed people like her lawyer’s fiancee (the “translator”)(she may have been the woman whose statements were in the police report) (in any event, I am pretty sure they would have re-interviewed the woman from the police report), people the party he was supposed to have attended, people who may/may not have seen him drinking as the GF alleged

      • jpelle82 - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        none of those people saw what happened, prosecutors couldve rolled with some drunk witness at a party who may have said he saw him have two beers instead of three beers..that wont kill a case. what kills it is its her word vs his and hers must not have been good enough.

      • Kim Mack Rosenberg - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:44 PM

        @jpelle82 They are looking for both direct and circumstantial evidence in building a case. Just because someone did not witness the alleged event itself does not mean they might not provide valuable pieces of evidence – none of these may be definitive in and of itself but they may be building blocks to the case with respect to events that preceded or followed the alleged assault, for example, existence or lack thereof of bruising, statements made, state of mind or actions taken that might be consistent or inconsistent with allegations. Obviously with respect to both Varlamov and the GF and any witness, each one’s credibility will be considered as well. That’s a long way of saying more than just his and her testimony could kill the case.

  5. endusersolutions2013 - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Could have been others – somebody who herd sounds of a fight/struggle/screams, her mother that claimed he’d beaten her before, the guy he was drinking with that day. We’ll never know.

    • drewsylvania - Dec 21, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Right. Yet storminator thinks he has the whole thing resolved.

  6. 2difshoe - Dec 20, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Varlamov, in this picture looks like Vincent D’Onofrio, (Pvt. Leonard ‘Gomer Pyle’ Lawrence) from the movie ” Full Metal Jacket .”

  7. lofty35 - Dec 20, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Only got a two for roughing

  8. stevedurbano - Dec 20, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Years ago this would not have been tried in the Court of the Internet and the facts would have determined the outcome. Truths- some guys beat women, some women falsely accuse men of beating them. The authorities determined that Varlamov was innocent and I have no reason to disbelieve them. Case dismissed,

  9. stevedurbano - Dec 20, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Years ago this would not have been tried in the Court of the Internet and the facts would have determined the outcome. Truths- some guys beat women, some women falsely accuse men of beating them. The authorities determined that Varlamov was innocent and I have no reason to disbelieve them. Case dismissed.

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  11. vbcaps - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Where is everyone who judged him guilty when the story first broke?

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  13. drewsylvania - Dec 21, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    When the burden of proof is lopsided, perpetrators will walk free.

  14. shaundre93 - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    I like how any commenter saying they think he was innocent gets shot down, and everyone sayin $$$$$ is being commended as if that’s the only possibility. I feel like a lot of people here wanted him to be guilty just so they could pile on him and feel better about themselves. That’s pretty much all this site is used for. Charges dropped; I wasn’t there, don’t know what really happened. In my eyes he’s innocent and that’s that

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