Capitals’ Tom Wilson barks at fan, says illegal hits, suspensions are ‘in his head’
Break out your tissues, if you’re so inclined to feel bad for Capitals forward Tom Wilson, who says the weight of illegal hits and suspensions is getting to him.
But he probably could have done without the reported fan abuse he faced Thursday against the St. Louis Blues.
Here’s what happened Thursday.
Wilson and Robert Bortuzzo got into a heated scrap in the teams’ first meeting since Wilson knocked out Oskar Sundqvist in a preseason game.
It was a spirited bout that probably would go to Bortuzzo on the card, at least as far as punches landed.
The fireworks after the fact are what made waves.
Wilson got into it with a fan in the stands, who, according to some sharp-eared Twitter users, was shouting some disparaging things Wilson’s way.
The fan apparently told Wilson he was going to come after Wilson’s family and that he’s the “biggest piece of (expletive) in the NHL.”
The fan also reportedly said “I hope you enjoy getting your neck broken.”
Wilson can be seen yelling back at the fan. One person says he was screaming at the fan about their being kids around them.
Tom Wilson shouts back when a Blues fan yelled abuse while he was in the penalty box. Fan yelled “I hope you enjoy getting your neck broken” and threatened Wilson’s family. The fan was not ejected. (🎥: youripides on Twitter)https://t.co/UIJF2N9U2v pic.twitter.com/acUUXNg9Up
— Washington Capitals News (@dmddusseau) January 4, 2019
This comes on the heels of Wilson having said earlier in the day that his hits and suspensions are weighing on him. According to Fox Sports Midwest’s Andry Strickland, Wilson says “it’s 100 percent in his head” and that he’d rather not make a hit “in fear of it being considered illegal.”
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