LA fan alleges Blackhawks’ Crawford sprayed face
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say they are investigating a battery report from a fan who says Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford sprayed water in his face during Game 4 of the Western Conference final against the Kings at Staples Center.
LAPD spokeswoman Rosario Herrera confirmed the investigation for The Associated Press on Wednesday, shortly before the Blackhawks faced the Kings in Game 5 in Chicago.
Crawford did not speak with the media after the team’s morning skate.
“I just heard about it on my way over,” coach Joel Quenneville said earlier Wednesday. “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.”
Los Angeles had a 3-1 series lead heading into Game 5.
The report alleges Crawford used a water bottle to spray the face of the heckling fan, who was thrown out of the arena and later filed the complaint with police. Crawford finished the game on the bench in the Blackhawks’ 5-2 loss.
Police had no further details, and could not say whether charges are likely.
The investigation was first reported by TMZ.