The sports world is in shock and grief after a tragic incident that occurred during a recent ice hockey game between the Sheffield Steelers and Nottingham Panthers.
Adam Johnson died tragically as a result of the event, which included Nottingham Panthers player Matt Petgrave’s boot blade. The tragedy has sparked a range of emotions, from grief and empathy to internet hostility and requests for an inquiry.
The disaster happened at Sheffield’s Utilita Arena in the 35th minute of play. A previous accident caused Sheffield Steelers player Adam Johnson to lose his balance, putting him in danger.
Matt Petgrave accidentally cut Johnson’s neck with his lifted left foot in a bizarre accident.
The sight of Johnson bleeding from his shirt terrified the spectators in the stadium. Johnson made a heroic effort to leave the scene, but he passed out in a matter of seconds.
The match was eventually called off, and Johnson’s partner—whose identity has not yet been made public—ran onto the ice in Sheffield to offer prayers for him.
Following the tragedy, there was a surge of internet anger, with some fans immediately blaming Matt Petgrave for Adam Johnson’s demise. Social media users got into heated debates after some claimed the event was “intentional” and demanded an inquiry.
Literally an intentional kick. The full video aftermath is absolutely gut wrenching to watch. This is voluntary manslaughter.
— Its Not Rocket Science (@UseCmnSensePlz) October 30, 2023
X received a remark that said, “Purely a deliberate kick. Watching the whole aftermath footage is heartbreaking. This is manslaughter done voluntarily.”
I’ve never seen this happen to a player that’s upright. It typically only happens to players that are falling or goalies that are down. Only rare time a players skates might be that high is a rare hit where they flip over the hitter and that’s not this. It looks very intentional.
— Procreation Enjoyer (@1157C2) October 30, 2023
A contrasting viewpoint was expressed by a different commenter, who said, “I’ve never seen this happen to an upright player. Usually, it only occurs to goalies who are down or players who are falling. This is not the only occasion in which a player’s skates may reach that high—it would be on a rare hit in which they flip over the batter. It seemed really deliberate.”
He should absolutely be charged
— Washingtons ghost (@hartgoat) October 30, 2023
One remark said, “He should absolutely be charged,” while another said, “I believe he was intentionally trying to hurt and/or take out an opposition player.” The internet outcry included suggestions for legal action. It is quite improbable that the other player would try to kill them on purpose. It seems like a case of manslaughter.”
I believe he was intentionally trying to hurt and/or take out an opposition player.
Trying to intentionally murder the opposition player is extremely unlikely.
It appears to be a manslaughter case 💯
— The Outsider (@RickHol7) October 30, 2023
Another person commented, “He ought to be locked up.”
In the midst of this debate, flowers, passionate comments, and a jersey with Adam Johnson’s No. 47 were showered onto a makeshift memorial in Nottingham.
When devotee Tina Taylor visited the memorial, she said, “It was a once-in-a-million chance occurrence and will probably never happen again,” expressing sadness for Matt Petgrave. It was an entirely strange mishap. Although he was not at fault and the opponent’s death was a horrible accident, he was very upset about it. The terrible trolling has to end.”
Supporters expressed sympathy and empathy for Petgrave on social media, recognizing the challenging circumstances he faces.
He should be in jail
— TheRightGuy (@TheRightGuy101) October 30, 2023
“Guys, don’t forget to send Matt Petgrave some love today. He must be in the worst possible mood. Total and total accident, but more than most, he will need assistance to get over this,” someone remarked.
Forever in our hearts. pic.twitter.com/oGkbtjANPN
— Ontario Reign (@ontarioreign) October 30, 2023
“I really hope he receives all the support and affection he needs immediately. I can only image the suffering he’s going through. My love and best wishes are with him, as well as with our Adam, said another.
I can only imagine the pain he’s in right now 😢 I really do hope he gets all the help and love he needs right now. My thoughts and love go to him and of course our Adam too.
— Kaitlin (@Kaitlinwood98) October 29, 2023
“Matt is a fantastic person who I’ve met a couple times. He will be really upset at the moment! It was an incredible accident, and he will need all the help. He probably won’t play again. “RiP, Adam Johnson,” another person urged.
“Last night on the rink, he was in bits. My thoughts are with him. It’s unlikely that he will ever get beyond what transpired. Hugs and kisses to him,” someone said in a remark.
Met Matt a few times & he’s a great guy…
He will be inconsolable right now! It was a freak accident & he will need all the support.
I don’t think he’ll play again.
RiP Adam Johnson💛
— Shawn Owen🦉🇩🇪 (@SW18_67FC) October 29, 2023
“Anyone who thinks this was premeditated during a game situation needs serious help and maybe needs to stay away from Netflix murder documentaries for the foreseeable,” another person said.
South Yorkshire Police have opened an inquiry into Adam Johnson’s untimely death in the midst of the controversy and sadness. They verified that on October 28, at 8:25 p.m., when the wounded player was transferred to the hospital and subsequently declared dead, police were summoned to the Utilita Arena.
When officers and other emergency personnel arrived on the scene, a guy in his 20s was brought to the hospital with significant injuries. Regretfully, the hospital subsequently declared him dead,” a spokeswoman said.
The issue is still being looked into. “Our officers remain at the scene carrying out inquiries today (29 October), and our investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident remains ongoing,” said a spokeswoman.