Lias Andersson breaks silence about leaving Rangers and suspension
Lias Andersson broke his silence in a TV interview today in Sweden. The interview appeared in Sports Bladet and I reached out to the author, Anton Johansson to get the best translations possible.
About the situation:
I will tell you about it someday. I can’t say too much about it in live-tv. It’s been a tough situation, it’s been hard and I will explain it one day so people will understand.
About what’s happening now:
I’m suspended from hockey because of some incidents I won’t get in to. That’s what’s happening and right now I’m not doing that much except watching some hockey.
Of course I want to play but I will talk about it moving forward. Now is not the time. It’s been an untenable situation for me as a person. It feels good to be home and be able to rest.
I have a small lower body-injury that I’m trying to take care of.
About being home:
It’s good to be home again, I needed it as a person. It feels good, it feels safe to rest up my body and my mind.
About the future:
I dont think that much actually. I’m trying to get my injury in check. Of course I want to play hockey but I’m not allowed to anymore. My contract is for one and a half years. And if it gets real bad it will be one and a half years without hockey but I hope not. Hopefully we will reach a solution so I can play again.
About his motivation:
The motivation about hockey has been bigger. I miss it but I have an injury and other things to take care of first.
Additionally he spoke more about his situation and mental health with Swedish Newspaper Göteborgs-Posten.
There is a career that’s more important – and that’s friends, family and my health. Hockeywise, we’ll see in a couple of years, it might not be the best decision i’ve made if I want to play in the NHL. But there’s hockey to play elsewhere. Many thinks that it’s a hockeybased decision that i’ve made but it’s for my health. There’s been a lot of incidents that have affected me personally, thing that have made me feel bad mentally. Hockeywise it might be an idiotiic decision, but I have to think about my personal life as well.