Vice-skip Darren Moulding makes disputed exit from Team Bottcher

Vice-skip Darren Moulding has left the curling rink led by Brendan Bottcher. Team Bottcher announced the lineup change on Friday night in a statement posted to Twitter.

39-year-old disagrees with statement he left for 'personal reasons'

Skip Brendan Bottcher, left, and vice-skip Darren Moulding, second from left, celebrate their 2021 Brier title. On Friday, Bottcher announced Moulding was leaving the rink and a new player would finish the season with the team. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Vice-skip Darren Moulding has left the curling rink led by Brendan Bottcher.

Team Bottcher announced the lineup change on Friday night in a statement posted to Twitter.

The rink said that Moulding is taking time away from curling for personal reasons and it would announce a new player at a later date.

Moulding disputed the statement in his own tweet saying "'Personal Reasons'... lol that's a head scratcher … Might have [to] ask whose "personal reasons" those are."

He added hashtags saying "Don't believe it" and "lies" to the tweet.

Bottcher will not comment further until he speaks to the media on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. His statement said the new player would play with the rink for the rest of the season, including defending the Brier title.

"Darren has been an outstanding teammate and we have shared so many amazing memories over more than five seasons together," read the team statement. "It was no coincidence that we took significant steps forward when Darren joined us in 2017.

"We wish Darren nothing but the best moving forward!"

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