Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks hockey team says that he was assaulted in Toronto on Tuesday after he expressed his support for Donald Trump and the Republican party.
Posting on Twitter on Wednesday morning, Couture, who is the captain of the Sharks, claimed to have been “sucker punched” for expressing his political opinions. The alleged incident coincided with the Republican National Convention.
“I spent last night in Toronto Ontario. I talked about voting for the Republican Party, and I mentioned Donald Trump by name. I was sucker punched,” he tweeted. “Is this really what we are coming to? If you vote you are a villain? Man this world is so wrong.”
In replies to those who corresponded with him, Couture said that he explained his father was a police officer and that he “would” vote Republican if he were an American citizen. Couture, 31, was born and raised in Canada and is not eligible to vote in the US election.
“I’ll never talk politics in public again,” he said. “Just crazy to me, if you speak your own opinion violence happens. Even crazier, people are okay with it.”
“I am completely wrong for going public with my political views,” said Couture. “I understand now. This world is at its tipping point. A wise man once said nothing at all, that’s how we should all go about our business. I love my fans, haters as well!”
Couture was a first-round draft pick by the San Jose Sharks in 2007, where he spent his entire 11-year NHL career.