The New Hampshire Union Leader reports today that Los Angeles Kings prospect Patrik Bartosak appeared in court on 12 domestic assault-related charges this morning. From the article:
Manchester Monarchs goalie Patrik Bartosak, 22, whose residence is listed as Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., waived arraignment Tuesday in 9th Circuit Court - Manchester District Division on 12 domestic-related charges.
Bartosak, who lists his employer as the L.A. Kings, played for the American Hockey League’s Manchester Monarchs for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. He returned to the ECHL’s Monarchs Friday on a conditioning assignment from the Ontario Reign (the former AHL Monarchs) and started in goal Sunday night.
Bartosak, who is from the Czech Republic, is free on $10,000 cash/surety bond, with conditions that include no contact with the alleged victim.
Because no plea can be entered to a felony charge in circuit court, a hearing was set for Dec. 16, when a judge will hear evidence and decide if there is probable cause to bind Bartosak over to the Hillsborough County Superior Court North for possible indictment.
As a warning, the full report contains specific, graphic details of both the domestic assault and the criminal threatening which are alleged in those 12 charges. Read it only if you feel able to. The full report (again, via the New Hampshire Union Leader) is here. A trial date has been set for January 28, 2016.
Jon Rosen has the following statement from the Kings' organization:
Kings statement on Bartosak: "This is a very serious matter and these allegations represent a type of behavior we do not stand for... (1/2)— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) November 17, 2015
Kings, 2/2: ...We will continue to gather information and comment further when appropriate."— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) November 17, 2015
We'll update this story if more information is made available. For now, that's it. Langluy wrote this 13 months ago, and it absolutely still applies now:
Regardless of how this situation evolves, there is undeniably an endemic problem with violence, particularly domestic/intimate partner violence, in professional sports. It is also undeniable that the cost of the necessary conversations which are not taking place is victims' safety. The first priority, now and ongoing, is the well-being of the victim. All of our thoughts & support at JftC go out to her.
[UPDATE, 11/18, 11:00 AM: Bartosak has been suspended by the Kings' organization. Here's the statement.]