MAJOR | NHL forward accused of assaulting professional race car driver

Published August 11, 2023 at 11:02

On Thursday night, a professional race car driver from Canada, Zachary Claman DeMelo made a series of posts on his Instagram story accusing Detroit Red Wings forward Daniel Sprong of assault.

Claman DeMelo says that Sprong assaulted him at a night club, pinning him against the wall, grabbing his neck and shortly after, sucker-punching him. He added that he sustained a concussion and needs extensive dental work.

"During Grand Prix weekend I was assaulted at a night club by Detroit Red Wings NHL player @sprong11. He grabbed my neck and pinned me on a wall, we were separated during that scuffle. After when had believed the situation was over Daniel scame back and sucker punched me in the face while I was defenceless.. The photos in the slide before is the after math of the incident. The dental work needed was brutal and l'm still not finished. I also Sustained a concussion that I've been dealing with over the past few weeks.

l just wanted to bring attention to this situation as no one has the right to act this way especially an athlete of Daniel's caliber. We must hold our self to the highest of standards and for him to do this is beyond disappointing. Due to legal reasons I can't say more at this time." Claman DeMelo said.

Claman DeMelo shared a few images of the damage done to him, allegedly by Sprong and it shows scratch marks to the side of his neck, as well as chipped/broken teeth.

At the time of writing this, there has been no statement from Sprong addressing the allegations. But currently, it sounds like there is legal action ongoing.

After spending last season, as well as 16 games in 2021-22, with the Seattle Kraken, Sprong signed a one-year contract worth $2 million with the Detroit Red Wings on July 1st.

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