Milan Lucic enters a plea in court case and is given strict release guidelines

Matt Garland
November 21, 2023  (12:29)

Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic has gotten himself into some trouble and has had to answer to a charge of assault and battery against a family member. Lucic has been released on personal recognizance bail after entering a plea of not guilty to assaulting his wife.

According to police documents, when they arrived on the scene, Lucic answered the door and appeared to be intoxicated. The police observed a broken lamp on the nightstand and what appeared to be shards of broken glass on the floor, while escorting Lucic to his bedroom to get clothing.
According to the police report, the argument allegedly began over a missing cell phone.
"Operations relayed to the responding officers that the reporting party/victim called and stated that her husband attempted to choke her," according to police. "The victim stated that her husband could not locate his cellphone after returning to their apartment after a night out. She stated that the suspect began yelling at her, demanding his phone back, believing she had hidden the phone. She stated that she did not have the phone or know where it was."

Lucic did not speak at his arraignment Tuesday morning. A plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf, and a pretrial hearing was set for Jan. 19. As condition of his bail, Lucic was prohibited from abusing the alleged victim and from consuming alcohol.
The judge granted a motion from Lucic's attorney that he be allowed to attend the next hearing by video call.
The 35 year old signed a one-year deal for $1M with the Bruins for a second tour of duty. Lucic has only played four games this season, after missing time from blocking a shot. He has two assists while averaging 11:58 in ice time.
Boston announced Saturday that Lucic was taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team.
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