On the heels of a trying year for the family of Senators captain Erik Karlsson, his wife, Melinda, has filed for an order of protection against teammate Mike Hoffman's longtime partner, Monika Caryk, related to allegations of harassment, according to The Ottawa Citizen.
The report, citing court documents, said Melinda Karlsson has accused Clark of posting "over 1,000 negative and derogatory statements about me as a professional" via pseudonym accounts on social media, including at least one targeting the couple after a tragic miscarriage in March.
"Monika Caryk has uttered numerous statements wishing my unborn child dead,” Melinda said in part of the statement she gave to the courts, according to The Citizen. “She also uttered that she wished I was dead and that someone should ‘take out’ my husband’s legs to ‘end his career.'"
The court documents point specifically to an Instagram comment from March.
Robert Hooper, Hoffman's agent, released the following statement on Wednesday: "Given the seriousness of the allegations, Monika is meeting with her lawyers and any future comment on her course of action will come from them."
While Hoffman has denied these allegations, Hooper did say that there as an irreparable problem, one that will only be solved by Karlsson and Hoffman no longer being teammates.
“What we’ve indicated to (general manager) Pierre (Dorion) is that, and let’s call a spade a spade, it would be very difficult for both parties — both Erik and Mike as well as the wives and the fiancées — to co-exist in the same wives’ room and the same dressing room,” Hooper said. “This isn’t something we talked about with Pierre just today. We’ve been aware of this situation since the end of the season."
After the couple's first child was pronounced stillborn, Karlsson created a post mourning the child's death and thanking Senators fans and the hockey community for their support. One comment stood out, though, different in tone and message from the rest.
“I feel bad for the baby he didn’t have a chance with Melinda popping pain killer medication everyday," wrote user @sandydandy45. (The account was later deactivated.)
Karlsson, who did not attach a name when addressing the comment, did bring up a pattern of abuse, consistent with what Melinda alleged in the order of protection and summarized in her comments to the courts.
“How dare you. You have been making fake accounts and buying hacked ones for months to harass me and my wife but this is an all new low even for you," Karlsson wrote. "You are a disgusting person.”
oh man if you only knew how unsurprising this actually is. horrible just horrible. and the worst part of all of this is how @MelindaCurrey just wanted to keep this private because she’s THAT nice of a person even when a person can be this cruel to her. https://t.co/L3UEmuIpDO
— Marlee Hammond (@marlee_kat) June 12, 2018
This crossed the line from cyber bullying to something entirely different in April. Unfortunate that this private matter has become public. Incredibly proud of my girl for standing up for herself and her family, it took courage. https://t.co/wAOwGTlKy2
— Julie (@julieturris) June 12, 2018
Karlsson and Hoffman have been teammates since 2011, though the names of both players have constantly come up in trade rumors this offseason. Last week, when appearing on TSN1200, Pierre LeBrun said that, "From what I understand I think there’s a really strong chance that Hoffman gets dealt in the next couple of weeks here."
The Citizenalso reported that there is an active investigation by the Ottawa police into criminal harassment (stalking) against Caryk.
In a comment to the paper, Hoffman denied the allegations.
“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," he said. "We totally understand there’s no place for cyberbullying.
“We’ve offered to co-operate and do anything it takes to find out who is doing this, and support (the Karlssons). Obviously this is a tough time that they’re going through, and we want to find out who is doing this, because for some reason it’s coming into our court, and it’s 150 per cent that it’s not us.
“We have nothing to hide. We’re willing to co-operate in any way to solve this and figure it out, and prove that it wasn’t us.”
The Senators also issues a statement Tuesday.
“We are investigating this matter in cooperation with the NHL," the team said, "and will take whatever steps are necessary to protect the safety and privacy of our players and their families.”