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Hockey star Sean Avery arrested on suspicion of battery on cop

August 5, 2011 |  7:35 am


New York Rangers and ex-Los Angeles Kings hockey star Sean Avery is in a downtown jail after being arrested early Friday morning, accused of battery on an LAPD officer, authorities said.

Authorities responded about 1 a.m. to a neighbor's complaint about loud music at Avery's Hollywood Hills home, police said.

Avery, 31, is alleged to have argued with officers before pushing one and slamming the door, said LAPD Officer Cleon Joseph. Following the confrontation, additional officers were called to the home and Avery eventually was taken into custody, he said. Avery is being held on suspicion of battery at an LAPD jail.

The incident was first reported on TMZ.

The hockey star, known for his confrontational style on the ice, went to anger-management training following a statement he made about a rival player before a December 2008 game.

He was suspended by the NHL after he referred to a Calgary Flames player who was dating his ex-girlfriend as "falling in love with sloppy seconds."


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Photo: Avery. Associated Press.