Rangers' Avery arrested for battery on officer

Sean Avery. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI Agency)

Sean Avery. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:56 PM ET

New York Rangers’ left winger Sean Avery was arrested Friday morning for alleged battery of a peace officer.

According to a TMZ report, police arrived at Avery’s home around 1:00 a.m., after a neighbour called to complain about the noise from the North York Ont., native’s home. “Law enforcement sources” reports Avery shoved the police officer who was at his door, then slammed the door behind him.

After police knocked at his door a second time, Avery was reportedly cooperative, but was still arrested for battery.

He was released within hours on $20,000 bail, and a court appearance was set for September 2, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

Avery has been the centre of numerous other controversies in the past for making comments about Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf and his ex-girlfriend, Canadian actress Elisha Cuthbert. He is also known for maliciously waving his hands and stick in the face of New Jersey Devils’ goalie Martin Brodeur, an act that caused the NHL to enforce the ‘Avery Rule’ to prevent similar actions from happening again.

Avery also came out earlier this summer in support of gay marriage.


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