Someone call David Clarkson, we have another water bottle caper to solve! Honestly, can we make it through one Stanley Cup Playoffs series without a controversy surrounding a player using his water bottle as a means for retaliation?
While player on player water attacks were all the rage in the early rounds of the playoffs, TMZ Sports (frankly did not know TMZ had a sports section) is reporting Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford is under investigation by the LAPD for allegedly squirting a fan with his water bottle.
Clark Wong admits that he was heckling Crawford when he exited the game late in the third period of the game. It was then that Crawford sprayed Wong with his water bottle.
According to the TMZ report, Wong was ejected from the Staples Center 3-5 minutes after the alleged incident for taunting the players from behind Chicago’s bench. It was only then that Wong started to complain about discomfort in his eyes. Wong claims that it was “a combination of water and backwash” that caused the eye irritation.
While it sounds like this nuisance fan got a just reward for chirping an NHL player, Crawford needs to be the better man in these types of situations and refrain from acting out against a fan.
The NHL already made it clear that it was not going to tolerate any further water bottle shenanigans after finding Henrik Lundqvist and Shawn Thornton for squirting other players. If there is proof that this incident between Crawford and Wong actually took place, it is likely that the NHL will punish Crawford with a little more than a fine. The league does not take any type of player / fan retaliation lightly.
While the fan reportedly filed charges, it has not yet been confirmed what action the LAPD will take.
Clark Wong should just feel fortunate it was just water and backwash that hit him, and not Mike Milbury‘s shoe.