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[Report] Capitals’ Kuznetsov suspended four years by IIHF after positive cocaine test

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Capitals’ Kuznetsov suspended four years by IIHF after positive cocaine test

Associated Press August 23, 2019, 8:43 AM

GENEVA — Washington Capitals centre Evgeny Kuznetsov tested positive for cocaine at the world championship and has been banned from the Russia team for four years.

 

Kuznetsov failed a doping test after a sample was taken on May 26, the day Russia won the bronze medal game against the Czech Republic in Slovakia, the International Ice Hockey Federation said on Friday.

 

 

The previous day, Russia lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Finland.

 

The ban does not stop Kuznetsov playing in the NHL, which classifies cocaine as a drug of abuse rather than a performance-enhancing doping product.

 

"I feel absolutely terrible for letting you down," Kuznetsov said in a statement published by the NHL addressing Capitals owners and fans.

 

"I realize that the only way I can win you back is to take ownership of my situation and my actions from this point forward," said the 27-year-old player, who has six years left on a $62.4 million contract signed in 2017.

 

The NHL said Kuznetsov agreed to meet with commissioner Gary Bettman before training camp, and will undergo regular testing.

 

"Here, we understand that Mr. Kuznetsov has voluntarily sought help through the education and counselling program provided for in the NHL and (players’ union) collective bargaining agreement," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement.

 

 

Kuznetsov faced allegations of drug use at the world championship after a video posted on social media showed him talking to someone while lines of white powder and American dollar bills could be seen on the table. However, it was unclear when the clip was filmed.

 

Kuznetsov, who did not touch the powder in the soon-deleted video, said it was from 2018 in Las Vegas after the Capitals won the Stanley Cup with a standout performance from the Russian. He said it was a friend’s hotel room and he soon left after seeing drugs there.

 

"I never took drugs, give me a drug test and I’ll pass it," he told Russian media outlet Sport Express in May.

 

The NHL closed its review of the incident within days, saying it found no reason to question the player’s explanation.

 

Russia’s sports minister suggested the United States should take some blame for drug use by Kuznetsov, who made his Washington debut at age 21.

 

"It’s not possible for us to control athletes who at a young age leave Russia for places with a completely different culture," minister Pavel Kolobkov said in a statement.

 

 

Kuznetsov’s ban expires on June 12, 2023, the Zurich-based IIHF said.

 

The two-time world champion said he would "accept this penalty." He could have pursued an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

 

He is currently excluded from the 2022 Beijing Olympics and the next three world championships.

 

Though the NHL did not release players for the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, the next Winter Games in China’s capital city is a more attractive marketing prospect to justify shutting down league play for most of February.

 

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Honestly, I feel like Kuznetsov was set up from the very beginning.

 

The "leaked" video was kind of a foreshadow of what was to come.

 

He probably talked to the NHL about this that there are authorities in Russia/IIHF organizations that may tamper with his blood, hence NHL was so quick to label it as "he's voluntarily sought help..."

 

This of course doesn't negate the possibility that he has never ever done before - but to think that he'll risk detection in a blood test?


To me, something is fishy. Cocaine will show up for about 72 hrs or so in the blood and then disappear.

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Evgeny, let me introduce you to Patrick Chung, of the New Engalnd Patriots… ;)

 

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1 hour ago, Dazzle said:

Honestly, I feel like Kuznetsov was set up from the very beginning.

 

The "leaked" video was kind of a foreshadow of what was to come.

 

He probably talked to the NHL about this that there are authorities in Russia/IIHF organizations that may tamper with his blood, hence NHL was so quick to label it as "he's voluntarily sought help..."

 

This of course doesn't negate the possibility that he has never ever done before - but to think that he'll risk detection in a blood test?


To me, something is fishy. Cocaine will show up for about 72 hrs or so in the blood and then disappear.

He really didn't make it sound good for himself because he said (about the video):

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Kuznetsov, who did not touch the powder in the soon-deleted video, said it was from 2018 in Las Vegas after the Capitals won the Stanley Cup

 

The blood test was based on a game played at the WHC. So, either Kuznetsov lied about when the video was filmed... or he has used multiple times

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Wasn't there a story last year about him being at a party with drugs openly strewn on the table? Guess his "I was in the wrong place at the wrong time" story isn't exactly true. Drugs can ruin your life, even if the NHL doesn't actively ban it, addiction can mess you up. I understand the life of an NHLer is hard with the injuries and the hits to the head but there's gotta be better coping mechanisms than drugs. I doubt Kuznetsov is the only NHLer doing cocaine. 

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Damn he is talented though. Hope he can fix his problems 

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3 hours ago, Top Sven Baercheese said:

NHL is going to do nothing about it?

My understanding is, the league doesn't consider coke a performance enhancing substance, but rather, a substance of abuse.  As a result, he has the choice to enter a treatment program.  I would actually call this a progressive league policy.  If tests positive again, ala Zack Kassian, then I believe, the consequences are more serious.

 

I see here a person that is struggling with a mental health problem.  Hope he gets better and gets the help he needs.

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On 8/24/2019 at 12:25 PM, N7Nucks said:

Wasn't there a story last year about him being at a party with drugs openly strewn on the table? Guess his "I was in the wrong place at the wrong time" story isn't exactly true. Drugs can ruin your life, even if the NHL doesn't actively ban it, addiction can mess you up. I understand the life of an NHLer is hard with the injuries and the hits to the head but there's gotta be better coping mechanisms than drugs. I doubt Kuznetsov is the only NHLer doing cocaine. 

Haha I mean it’s only in the article and what every other post has been about :bigblush:

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Guess he likes to party like it’s the eighties.  Seriously from what I’ve read there are quite a few guys both now and in the past that did this from time to time - who knows how much he’s using the stuff.   If it’s only every now and then it’s not the end of the world - but what was he thinking - they wouldn’t test his urine?  Of course they would.   If he’s in trouble he will get the help he needs.  

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2 hours ago, IBatch said:

Guess he likes to party like it’s the eighties.  Seriously from what I’ve read there are quite a few guys both now and in the past that did this from time to time - who knows how much he’s using the stuff.   If it’s only every now and then it’s not the end of the world - but what was he thinking - they wouldn’t test his urine?  Of course they would.   If he’s in trouble he will get the help he needs.  

Coke is out of your system within72 hours... sometimes within 48.  

 

  In all honesty this is the best drug out there. Should have been legalized long before Weed.

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2 hours ago, Standing_Tall#37 said:

Coke is out of your system within72 hours... sometimes within 48.  

 

  In all honesty this is the best drug out there. Should have been legalized long before Weed.

I honestly think it's an overrated drug. It's not much different than having alcohol with your friends, except alcohol lasts longer (2+ hours) as opposed to 15 mins. Sure it may be fun to do lines with your buddies, but shrooms is a lot better IMHO. You can get '&^@#ed up' if that's what you want, and enjoy music/have a blast in life. It's also much less harmful on your body (specifically nostrils) than snorting coke.

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9 hours ago, Standing_Tall#37 said:

Coke is out of your system within72 hours... sometimes within 48.  

 

  In all honesty this is the best drug out there. Should have been legalized long before Weed.

Nothing like some good ol Mexican diesel eh...

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