An NHL hockey player is causing controversy by licking his opponents during games.
Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand, 29, was caught on camera licking the face of Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on May 4.
After the game, Callahan told reporters, “I don’t know what the difference is between that and spitting in someone’s face. I hope the league looks at it. I don’t know if there is discipline for spitting in someone’s face. But for me it’s worse, if not the same.”
When reporters told Marchand what Callahan had said, Marchand laughed and said, “That’s cute. Good for him.”
This is the second time this postseason Marchand has licked an opponent during a game. The first occurrence was on April 12, when he licked the neck of Toronto Maple Leafs center Leo Komarov.
When asked after the game why he licked Komarov, Marchand defended himself by saying, “Well, he punched me four times, so…”