Target: Donald Fehr, Executive Director of the National Hockey League Players Association
Goal: Ban any player found guilty of domestic abuse from any affiliation with the National Hockey League.
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was arrested in a domestic violence case regarding his wife, Marta Varlomova, after an argument ensued in their home. The National Hockey League was quick to take action, suspending Voynov. Should Voynov be found guilty, the National Hockey League needs to take additional action and prohibit him from any affiliation with the league.
The couple attended a party, and upon returning home, an argument occurred, leaving Voynov’s wife with a cut over her eye that required eight stitches. Voynov reportedly punched her in the face and choked her. She sought medical attention following the incident, and Voynov was arrested at the hospital as the suspect. He is being charged with one felony count of corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily injury.
Varlomova has since decided to drop the charges, insisting the events were purely accidental. Her behavior is typical of an abuse victim, and Voynov needs to know that regardless of his wife’s opinion, abuse in any relationship is unacceptable. More importantly, he needs to know the NHL will not stand for it, and there is no place in the league for a player that commits such acts. Luckily the NHL is more interested in the truth, and has launched an investigation.
Thus far, the National Hockey League has reacted in a quick and efficient manner, suspending Voynov indefinitely. The NHL needs to continue to uphold its reputation as a league that is equally concerned with ethics as well as game play. Should Voynov be found guilty in a court of law, the league needs to ban him from any affiliation with the NHL. Doing so would send a strong message to the entire nation, demonstrating a zero tolerance policy, and setting a foundation for all major sports leagues to follow.
Dear Mr. Fehr,
The recent events that took place between Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov and his wife, Marta Varlomova, are unacceptable. I applaud the swift action taken by the NHL to suspend Voynov, and the decision to launch an investigation despite the victim’s decision to drop the charges.
Countless numbers of families attend NHL games every season, and follow the league closely. Maintaining a good code of ethics is essential, both on and off the ice. These players, and the NHL as a whole, serve as an example to families, players, and other professional sports leagues.
In the event that Slava Voynov is found guilty of any form of domestic violence, I urge you to discontinue his affiliation with the National Hockey League. Please take action to ban Voynov from any future involvement in the National Hockey League, and vow to set an excellent example for other players and leagues in similar situations.
[Your Name Here]
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