Professional Athlete Loses Contract After Incident With Police

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( – Details following Alex Galchenyuk’s arrest this past week have led to his being released from the Arizona Coyotes, a professional ice hockey team. According to police following Galchenyuk’s crash into a sign, he started acting erratically toward the police and then proceeded to tell them that with “one phone call” he would make sure that they and their families would be “dead.”

Galchenyuk was born in the United States, but his family is originally from Belarus. During his rant, he allegedly made reference to connections in Russia and told one officer that he would “chop” not only the officer but also his wife and daughter.

Galchenyuk, who signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Coyotes on July 1, also used some racial slurs against an officer who was in training. Police revealed that the player later said that he had only been joking about the threats.

Following the incident, the Coyotes let him go 12 days after he signed the one-year deal with them. This latest incident occurred only one week after Galchenyuk had been arrested on a failure to obey, resisting arrest, and a private property hit and run among other charges.

Galchenyuk also played for the Coyotes in 2018-2019 and 2021-2022. In 2012, he was selected as the third pick in the NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, where he played for six seasons. Since leaving the team, he has played for a number of other teams including the Coyotes.

Reports revealed on July 18 that Galchenyuk is entering the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program. He also took to Twitter with a statement, where he announced his decision and apologized for his behavior.

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