Yikes, Erik Karlsson's Wife Filed An Order Of Protection Against Mike Hoffman's Fiancée For Online Harassment Regarding Her Stillborn Child
OttawaCitizen- Melinda Karlsson has filed an order of protection against the longtime girlfriend of Senators forward Mike Hoffman — alleging a campaign of harassment that plagued the Karlssons after the death of their son and through much of the last NHL season, this newspaper has learned.
It was in late November that the Karlssons announced on social media that they were expecting their first child, a son they would later name Axel Michael who was stillborn on March 19, 2018.
“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.”
In March, Sens captain Erik Karlsson blasted an anonymous online troll who, in the comments section of a post mourning his dead son, accused his wife of “popping painkiller medication” during her pregnancy.
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.”
It took the league’s top defenceman just seven minutes to respond: “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. You are a disgusting person.”
The user @sandydandy45 has since deactivated that account.
This newspaper also found other social media users coming to Melinda’s defence after Twitter user @petersonmegan51 used an anti-bullying event to insult her. That account has also since been deleted.
Be careful what you wish for. That's how the saying goes, is it not? I ask only because clearly I had forgotten of it's importance as I followed along with the hilarity of the Bryan Colangelo saga and longed for the day in which someone in the NHL would find themselves mired in similarly idiotic internet hijinks. Turns out, the story I thought I was hoping for was right around the corner, but running a burner account that essentially labels the wife of your boyfriend's teammate as a pill-popping baby killer is too hot for me to handle with two dozen oven mitts.
I suppose it bears mentioning that Mike Hoffman has denied everything, as any good fiancée to an (alleged) loose cannon/lunatic should, but there seems to be a lot of smoke for there not to be some sort of fire behind extremely personal attacks regarding something as sensitive as someone's deceased child. Just using common sense here, but I think though doth protest too much by claiming "150%" non-involvement when there's already been an order of protection filed and an article from a reputable news source written about said order of protection...
Technically this is still one-sided hearsay at the moment, but if any of it is proven even remotely true then Mike Hoffman looks just as bad as his sociopath of a soon-to-be life partner. Not just because it's his job to keep lady trouble out of the locker room, but because he should be responsible enough not to get down on one knee and pledge his future to the type of person that feels vindicated by the unexpected death of even their own worst enemy's infant.
Monica Caryk is probably a freak in a sheets if she is truly that disconnected from reality, but - as an NHL player - Mike Hoffman has to up his standards higher than someone who appears to be mentally ill in the internet streets. If not because his significant other currently comes off as the type to chop her husband's dick off if he doesn't finish doing the dishes to her liking, then because his talent doesn't outweigh his reported baggage by as much as that of the player whose wife finally WAG'd the finger after months of being victimized.
A third, fourth, fifth, and sixth party have spoken, and it's not exactly glowingly of the relationship that the Senators' winger is in...
Therefore, if I were Mike Hoffman I might think about prioritizing long-term stability over the absolute psychosis of a fatal attraction. Although, in fairness, the latter does make his relationship a match made in the hellscape that is a dysfunctional organization. If nothing else, it would be very fitting of the Ottawa Senators to get forced into keeping someone who put a ring on a locker room cancer while trading away a franchise cornerstone that damn near dragged them to a Stanley Cup Final on one foot.