The National Hockey League announced Wednesday that Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson has been suspended for the entire preseason, as well as the first 27 games of the upcoming campaign.
The NHL has suspended #preds Austin Watson 27 games for "unacceptable off-ice conduct." He plead no contest to a charge of domestic assault in July.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) September 12, 2018
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman released a statement regarding the disciplinary decision:
“I have determined that Nashville Predators player Auston Watson engaged in a physical confrontation with his domestic partner. Today’s ruling, while tailored to the specific facts of this case and the individuals involved is necessary and consistent with the NHL’s strongly held tat it cannot and will not tolerate this and similar types of conduct.”
The NHLPA will file an appeal on behalf of Watson which will be heard by an impartial arbitrator, per Pierre LeBrun.
Watson received three-months probation after pleading no contest to the charges. According to the police report, Watson assaulted his girlfriend, who gave birth to their child in April, at a gas station in Franklin, Tenn. Officers reportedly found red marks on the woman’s chest, but she reportedly asked for a dismissal of the case.
Prosecutors proceeded, however, because there were witness, according to the CBC.
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