A shocking story from the Ottawa Citizen revealed Melinda Karlsson, the wife of Senators star Erik Karlsson, filed for an order of protection against Monika Caryk, the longtime girlfriend of fellow Senators player Mike Hoffman.
According to the report, Melinda alleges Caryk "threatened Melinda and husband Erik Karlsson from November 2017 to the date the information was sworn to."
Melinda and Erik announced earlier this year that the couple lost a child. Erik Karlsson posted a photo on Instagram announcing their child was stillborn.
Melinda alleges Caryk harassed the family after their announcement.
From the report:
“Monika Caryk has uttered numerous statements wishing my unborn child dead,” says Melinda Karlsson’s sworn statement to the court.
“She also uttered that she wished I was dead and that someone should ‘take out’ my husband’s legs to ‘end his career.’
“Monika Caryk has posted over 1,000 negative and derogatory statements about me as a professional.”
The allegations appear to come via burner accounts on Instagram, and perhaps other various social media applications.
In an Instagram post mourning his son’s death, Erik Karlsson posted a photo of Axel’s tiny footprints. In the post, Karlsson thanked the city and the team’s fans for their love and support and wrote: “We feel very lucky to be Axel’s parents. Even though he was stillborn, we know we will hold him again one day under different circumstances and the joy he gave us will be with us forever.”
The post garnered more than 10,000 comments, with the overwhelming majority of them expressions of support and sympathy for the couple. However, one comment, posted by user @sandydandy45, stood out: “I feel bad for the baby he didn’t have a chance with Melinda popping pain killer medication everyday.”
Clearly this is a significant storyline revolving around the Senators organization. Hoffman released a statement declaring the allegations are false.
“There is a 150 per cent chance that my fianceé Monika and I are not involved in any of the accusations that have been pursued (that are) coming our way. We totally understand there’s no place for cyberbullying.
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