A Los Angeles Kings fan has filed a police report against Corey Crawford, alleging the Chicago goalie squirted him in the face with his water bottle at the end of Game 4 of the Western Conference Final at Staples Center, TMZ reports.
27-year-old Kings fan Clark Wong filed a battery report Monday night claiming he was “sprayed” by the hockey player at Staples Center.
TMZ Sports spoke with Wong who says he was sitting behind the Blackhawks bench — and was heckling Crawford — when the goalie was pulled from the game toward the end of the 3rd period.
That’s when Crawford — who’s in the middle of a 6-year, $36 million contract — allegedly whipped out a water bottle and blasted him right in the face.
Wong says he believes the bottle was filled with backwash — along with water — and it has caused serious irritation to his eyes. Wong says he’s going to a doctor to get his eyes checked.
League sources tell TMZ Sports … Wong was ejected from the game 3 to 5 minutes after the spraying incident for “taunting the players” and it was while he was being escorted out of the arena that he began to rub his eyes, complaining about the pain.
The TMZ report goes on to say that Crawford filed a police report following the game — a 5-2 loss, which gave the Kings a 3-1 series lead — before leaving the arena.
PHT has reached out to the NHL for comment on the situation; we’ll update the post when any new details become available.
Update: ‘Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville addressed the situation, sort of, during his pre-game press availability…
Q. On report that Corey Crawford sprayed a fan with water in LA.
COACH QUENNEVILLE: I just heard about it on my way over. First I heard of it. I’m not aware of the situation other than what you just said.
I’m not worried about it right now. I’m worrying about the game.
It’s still unclear if Crawford will face discipline from the NHL regarding the matter. Do remember that, in 2009, then-Rangers head coach John Tortorella was suspended one playoff game for squirting a fan with a water bottle during his team’s playoff series against Washington.