August 6, 2011- New York Ranger Sean Avery was arrested and subsequently released on bail Friday for allegedly shoving a police officer in California. At 1:00am on Friday morning Los Angeles police received a noise complaint and responded to a LA home.
The police report says that Sean Avery answered the door shoved one officer and then slammed the door, but when they knocked a second time he became cooperative.
The officer who was shoved was not injured and they arrested Mr. Avery for battery of a police officer. After posting bail of $20,000 he was released.
The NHL New York Rangers released a statement saying they would be discussing the matter with Avery and would have no comment.
Avery is no stranger to controversy. He showed up to a pro same-sex rally this past spring in New York and was suspended in 2008 for make unsavory comments about ex-girlfriends being involved with fellow NHL hockey players.
He was also accused of a racial slur in 2005 by George Laraque a former NHL player who is black. He also had an encounter with Martin Brodeur the New Jersey Devils goalie in 2008 waving his hand and stick in front of the goalie.
The rules committee for the NHL responded to that incident quickly and determined an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was warranted and the rule is now known as the Avery rule.