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Lucic says incident was a misunderstanding

Milan Lucic and girlfriend Brittany Carnegie in Vancouver last month. Milan Lucic and girlfriend Brittany Carnegie in Vancouver last month. (Andy Clark/Reuters)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
September 8, 2011

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It was all a big misunderstanding. That’s the word from Milan Lucic’s girlfriend, Brittany Carnegie, after police responded to a report of a fracas involving the Bruins forward and Carnegie.

Lucic was not charged in the incident, which was first reported by the Boston Herald, but witnesses told police they saw the 6-foot-4, 220-pound hockey player standing over Carnegie as she lay on the sidewalk on Commercial Street in the North End at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Yesterday, Carnegie took to Twitter to defend Lucic. “Ppl can believe whatever but I assure you this was blown out of cntrl,’’ she tweeted. “Either way Milan is a class act and they way he was portrayed and the situation was terrible!’’

Lucic’s marketing rep, Cleon Daskalakis, told us the couple did have an argument but that it never turned violent. He said Lucic was upset because Carnegie got out of a cab in bare feet and refused to put her shoes on.

“I’m sure he was being very passionate about his concern,’’ said Daskalakis, president of Celebrity Marketing Inc.

Several witnesses smoking cigarettes outside the Four Winds bar told police they saw Lucic yelling at his crying girlfriend, and at one point heard “what sounded like a loud slap,’’ according to the police report. But they did not see him hit anyone. (One witness said she observed Lucic holding Carnegie’s purse in one hand and one of her shoes in the other, and then watched as he threw both items at her while she was on the ground.)

A few minutes later, when officers arrived at Lucic’s apartment on nearby Fleet Street, he was “highly intoxicated and hostile,’’ according to the police report. “We had an argument. We’re fine. Why are you here at my house?’’ he asked officers. Questioned further about the altercation on Commercial Street, the report says, he slammed his cellphone on the ground and yelled, “Do you know who I am?’’

Officers then spoke to Carnegie, who said she and Lucic had an argument but that she was not physically assaulted. “The victim was adamant about not being harmed,’’ according to police, who also did not observe any visible injuries on Carnegie.

Daskalakis said the “do you know who I am’’ comment was taken out of context. “What he was saying was, ‘Do you know who I am? I would never do something like that,’ ’’ Daskalakis said. “If anything, he lacks the idea that he’s special or gifted.’’

Contacted yesterday, Bruins spokesman Matt Chmura said, “We are aware of an incident that took place in the North End early Tuesday morning involving Milan Lucic, and we are addressing the matter internally. At this time we have no further comment.’’ Lucic, who scored five goals and seven assists in the Stanley Cup playoffs, is under contract for two more years, earning $4 million per year.