Adam Johnson's Teammate Defends Matt Petgrave After Receiving Hate

Published November 1, 2023 at 0:43
BY AUSTIN SABOURIN
In the wake of the tragic on-ice incident that claimed the life of Adam Johnson over the weekend, a vigorous online discussion has arisen, centering on whether the tragedy was the outcome of intent or an unfortunate accident.

Westin Michaud, a Nottingham Panthers teammate of Johnson, was an eyewitness to the incident from the bench and has shared his viewpoint, firmly asserting that Matt Petgrave, the player involved, should not be held accountable.

In an emotionally charged statement, Michaud voiced his support for Petgrave and criticized the unwarranted animosity directed at him:




"I feel compelled to address the accident. We wholeheartedly stand behind Matt Petgrave. The negativity directed at Matt is distressing and entirely unjust. I was at ice level on the bench, closest to the accident, and I witnessed both players moving rapidly. The unintended contact between the Panther player's leg and the Sheffield player led to the somersault. It is clear to me that his actions were unintentional, and anyone suggesting otherwise is misinformed. Let's come together and refrain from spreading unjustifiable hostility toward someone who requires our backing."

The incident remains under the purview of a police investigation, with a conclusive verdict yet to be reached.

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