New York Rangers player Sean Avery is out on bail after he was arrested in California on allegations he shoved an officer at his Hollywood Hills home.
Lt. Jorge Pardo tells City News Service that a neighbor’s noise complaint sent police to the home at around 1 a.m. Friday. Pardo says Avery answered the front door, shoved an officer and slammed the door.
At one point, Avery challenged cops to a fight, calling them "fat little pigs," sources told the New York Post.
He soon opened it upon a second knock before cooperating with the authorities, TMZ reported, quoting law enforcement. The officers were not hurt.
The 31-year-old hockey player was booked on suspicion of battery on a police officer. He was released about seven hours later after posting $20,000 bail.
The Rangers say they’ll discuss the matter with Avery and have no immediate comment.
The 31-year-old Canada native has become known more for his off-the-ice antics in recent years, while on the ice he has earned the reputation as one of the NHL’s biggest instigators.
Avery earned a six-game suspension from the league in December 2008 for his infamous "sloppy seconds" comment toward then-Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf, who is dating Avery’s ex, actress Elisha Cuthbert.