NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson says the arrest final yr that led to his 18-game suspension got here when he began ingesting once more after 23 months of sobriety.
The Predators’ Austin Watson, whose suspension for home violence was diminished to 18 video games by an arbitrator in October, is eligible to return Thursday vs. Arizona.
Watson stated Friday in an Instagram submit that he is been coping with nervousness, despair and alcoholism because the age of 18. Watson stated he entered the NHL’s substance abuse program after his June 16 arrest and added that “I’m presently sober and dedicated to dwelling a wholesome way of life in order that I may be the daddy, accomplice, teammate and individual I would like to be.”
Watson pleaded no contest July 24 to home assault and agreed to a judicial diversion program.
His girlfriend, Jenn Guardino, issued an announcement in October taking blame for the incident and saying Watson would by no means hit or abuse her.