A Los Angeles Kings fan who filed a police report with local authorities claims that Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford sprayed him with a water bottle.
Clark Wong, a 27-year-old Kings fan, filed a battery report against Crawford on Monday, TMZ Sports reports. In an interview with the website, Wong noted that he sat behind the Blackhawks bench during the Kings’ 5-2 victory over Chicago in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
Crawford was pulled late in the contest after allowing four goals on 20 shots. Wong admitted to TMZ that he was heckling the goalie as he left the ice and approached the Blackhawks bench.
According to Wong, Crawford responded to his heckling by spraying him in the face with a water bottle. The Kings fan believes that the bottle was full of both water and backwash.
Wong said that he has suffered from eye irritation since the alleged incident. He plans to see a doctor about his condition.
Meanwhile, sources within the NHL told TMZ Sports that Wong was thrown out of the Staples Center roughly three to five minutes after the spraying incident allegedly took place for “taunting the players.” Furthermore, the sources said that he only began to complain about his eyes as he was being led out of the arena.
Conversely, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson told CBS Chicago that Crawford is not the subject of any police investigation. It's unclear if the battery charges against him were already dismissed or if they ever existed in the first place.
Thus far, neither Crawford nor his representatives have commented on the incident, reports TMZ Sports. However, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville addressed the situation on Wednesday ahead of Game 5 in Chicago.
“I’m not worried about it, I’m worried about the game, as is Corey,” he said, according to Comcast SportsNet Chicago reporter Nina Falcone.
"I'm not worried about it, I'm worried about the game, as is Corey." -- Q on water bottle "incident" in LA.
— Nina Falcone (@NinaFalcone) May 28, 2014