Mikhail Grabovski arrested for street fighting
According to Damien Cox, Mikhail Grabovski, center of the Toronto Maple Leafs and injured member of team Belarus at the Vancouver Olympics, spend the night in a Vancouver jail on Friday-Saturday. Grabovski was allegedly involved in a "street altercation" near a bar on Vancouver's Pacific Boulevard around 2AM late Friday night - early Saturday morning. Grabovski was released to his parents on Saturday morning, and was not charged. The details of the altercation are unclear, but it is said that Grabovski could have thrown at least one punch himself.
The Belorussian could not compete for his country in Vancouver due to an injury suffered early in the new year, but chose to accompany his team and countrymen to Vancouver anyway in order to cheer them on.
Team USA and Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke said that he was "aware" of the matter. "Since we are presently investigating this matter, the team will not provide any further comment at this time."
This isn't the first time Grabovski has seen his fair share of trouble. In two years with the Montreal Canadiens, before being traded to the Leafs, Grabovski was a resident bad boy, creating feuds with fellow Belorussian Sergei Kostitsyn, purposely missing flights to games, frustrated with the way he was being used, and playing a crash-bang style that didn't really fit into the Canadiens mold. He has since found a niche as the Leafs number one center, but if the rumors of this altercation hold up, it is clear that Grabovski still has some growing up to do.
In 42 games with the Leafs this season before he was injured, Grabovski had amassed 7 goals and 18 assists. Last year, he had a career year with the Leafs, putting up 20 goals and 28 assists, a season which got him a cushy 3 year, $8.7 million contract.