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Former NHL star Sean Avery, facing drug charges in Southampton, tweets painkiller prescriptions

Former New York Rangers forward Sean Avery was

Former New York Rangers forward Sean Avery was arrested Sept. 30 when Southampton Village police stopped his vehicle and found him with two prescription painkillers, police said. Photo Credit: Southampton Village Police

Former hockey bad boy Sean Avery responded to his September arrest in Southampton Village for possession of oxycodone with a tweet showing he has a prescription for the painkiller.

The former New York Rangers forward, who played 580 NHL games, including more than 260 in two tours with New York, faces charges of two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

"Pretty disgusting I even have to do this but unfortunately it's the same old story. Have fun with this one," Avery posted Tuesday on his Twitter account, along with a photograph of what appeared to be a list of his prescriptions.

Avery, 35, was arrested Sept. 30, when Southampton Village police stopped his vehicle and found him with two prescription painkillers, including acetaminophen with oxycodone, and roxicodone, police said.

His vehicle was pulled over because police were going to arrest him on the criminal mischief charge, for throwing objects at vehicles on the previous day, according to a news release.

Avery was released on $500 bail and given an appearance ticket; he is due to appear at Southampton Village Justice Court on Oct. 26.

Avery's attorney, Edward Burke Jr. of Sag Harbor, was not immediately available. Both charges are misdemeanors.

The day before his arrest, Avery threw objects at speeding cars on roads where he was renovating houses, police said. Avery has called police often to report speeding cars near the renovation sites, according to Det. Sgt. Herman Lamison.

"He's been doing that on a regular basis," Lamison said of the calls.

Lamison said police went to Prospect Street because of complaints of someone throwing objects at cars. When they arrived, at about 4:20 p.m., police saw Avery throw an object at a passing motorist, according to the release.

Avery denied he threw anything and became hostile, the release said.

Police interviewed several motorists who experienced similar incidents, which led to Avery's arrest the next day, the release said.

Lamison said Wednesday that several motorists have reported their cars were dented or damaged, and police are still looking for others whose cars might have been damaged by Avery.

Most recently, Avery, of Southampton, has been "flipping" houses, according to published reports.

Avery retired after playing the 2012 season with the Rangers. He was a fiery type, on and off the ice, racking up penalty minutes -- he twice led the league in the category -- and team and league suspensions. In addition, he was known for controversial comments about teammates, their girlfriends and other issues.

In December 2008, as he served a six-game NHL suspension, Avery agreed to anger management counseling because of what the NHL called unacceptable and anti-social behavior.


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