Aaron Boogaard has been released from custody and his lawyer made this statement...
"We are pleased that Aaron Boogaard is with his family, having been released from custody by both Hennepin County and U.S. immigration authorities. We will address the allegations in court rather than in the media, but note that Aaron was and remains devastated by his brother's death. The entire Boogaard family has suffered tremendous loss and we ask that you respect their privacy as they continue to mourn the death of Derek."
Update, 4:09 p.m.:
Paul Walsh at Minneapolis Star reports that the accusations against Aaron Boogaard say he controlled the NHL tough guy's addictive drugs, then flushed the pills down the toilet before authorities found the body. From Hennepin Sheriff's office...
Aaron routinely supplied his brother with drugs, and "it is our understanding that Aaron kept his brother's non-prescribed, illegal drugs and attempted to parcel them out on some kind of limited basis," said County Attorney Mike Freeman.
Here's video of the Hennepin County Attorney Freeman...
Update, 1:26 p.m.:
Michael Russo at the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Aaron Boogaard has been charged with two counts: 3rd degree sale of controlled substance (felony) and interference with the scene of death (gross misdemeanor).
...don't like hearing he was messing with the crime scene.
Update, 7/21/11, 11:36 p.m.:
Here's a copy of Aaron Boogaard's charge details from the Hennepin Sheriff's Jail Roster (via Puck Daddy)...
Matt McKinney at the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports the investigation into the overdose-related death of Derek Boogaard has led to the arrest of his 24-year-old brother Arron on Wednesday in Minneapolis on suspicion of prescription fraud/possession of prescription pills.
Aaron, a Canadian national from Regina, Saskatchewan, is being held at the Hennepin County jail on the drug arrest and on a federal immigration hold, according to the jail's website. The Minneapolis police record listing Aaron Boogaard's arrest says that the date and time of his alleged crime is May 13, the day that family members found Derek Boogaard, 28, dead in his Warehouse District apartment.
The arrest resulted from the investigation into Derek Boogaard's death, said Minneapolis police Capt. Amelia Huffman.
Aaron Boogard's attorney, Lindsay Sokolowski, issued a statement in response to the arrest:
"This a very unfortunate circumstance and we believe Aaron is involved because he may have potential information about a larger investigation. One thing is certain, the charges brought against Aaron have nothing to do with his brother, Derek Boogaard's death. The family continues to grieve the loss of Derek and is troubled by this turn of events, which makes the pain for the family even more difficult."
...a tragic event just got that much worse. My prayers go out to the Boogaard family.
...h/t to Mike over at Bleeding All Blue.
Prospect & Dan, it's good to know that you have a journalistic standard as I'm sure neither of you read or posted anything about Sean Avery's sloppy seconds comment prior to his suspension by the Stars. And the arrest record is a public document. Obtaining it and reporting it IS a fact not tabloid reporting. If you don't agree with it then just don't read the post.
If Dan is objecting to the use of the jail records then I too am in agreement with him. Yes reporting the FACTS of the case is important but the jail records is the kind of tabloid reporting that is not needed here.
And since this is still America we do have this small detail about a person being innocent until proven guilty. Say he is accused of or it is alleged that he did is the fair thing to do.
I can't believe Aaron Got in front of all those people on draft day and said what he said. I know dereks youngest brother reads this blog or read it at one point and my heart goes out to the kid. I couldn't possibly imagine what the family members are feeling.
Regardless of whether or not Aaron supplied the drugs to Derek, the only person that contributed to Derek's death was Derek himself. They both have/had substance abuse problems and would have found a way to get those substances, regardless of who supplied whom. I feel bad for the family because by all accounts they seem to be decent people.
Man what a fking depressing state of affairs, lets hope this blows over & the Boogaard family can move on.
There is no jail sentence that will punish Aaron Boogaard any harsher than the possibility that he contributed to his brother's death. Rehab and counseling is badly needed here to prevent another possible loss as I for one can not imagine how anyone could live with that knowledge.
Wow just when I thought all hockey news and dubi day was over this comes along like a ton of bricks. Possible Aaron gave derek painkillers or anything? If that happened this whole thing just got taken to another level.
@gravey94Not sure if you are being sarcastic with the Avery remark but it does look like you are. And if it was the case there was no reason for it.This might disappoint you but if the writer puts it out there then I do have the right to comment on it.
And yes some of us actually do follow ethical journalistic standards; the kind that is taught in journalism classes in college.
I'll explain. This didn't need to be posted. Puck daddy pissed me off posting it. I don't see how this affects the hockey world besides the cause of death of a champ.
@KingBadaBing Would rather not speculate, but you hate to see Aaron somehow involved.
@DanW I think most Rangers fans are interested in what is happening with the investigation of the death of a former player. To me there is plenty need to post this on my blog and Puck Daddy.
The news isn't always fun to report but I wouldn't be doing the right thing by my readers by omitting it.
@KevinDeLury Well you know I'm not trying to say you or PD did anything wrong.. maybe I overreacted, idk, but it's disturbing.