NY Rangers Accuse Russian Outlet of ‘Fabricated Story’ About Player After He Spoke in Support of Navalny

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – FEBRUARY 18: Artemi Panarin #10 of the New York Rangers looks for a teammate during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on February 18, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers issued a statement in support of star player Artemi Panarin, who has taken a leave of absence from the team following what the Rangers called a “fabricated story” and “intimidation tactic” against Panarin for recently speaking out in favor of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

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— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) February 22, 2021

“Artemi vehemently and unequivocally denies any and all allegations in this fabricated story,” the statement
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