Former INDYCAR driver claims assault by NHL player (Photos)

Former INDYCAR driver Zach Claman DeMelo is claiming his was “sucker punched” by current NHL player Daniel Sprong

Zach Claman DeMelo claims he was attacked by Daniel Sprong at a nightclub. He says the incident took place during the Detroit Grand Prix weekend.

Indycar raced in the Streets of Detroit on June 4th, 2023.

DeMelo made the statement via social media. He said the two got into a scuffle noting Sprong, “grabbed my neck and pinned me on a wall.”

The two were apparently separated. Yet, DeMelo claims that Sprong returned to assault him.

Daniel Sprong formerly played in the NHL for the Washington Capitals. He was traded to the Seattle Kraken in 2022. He has since been traded to the Detroit Red Wings ahead of the 2023-24 season.

Zachary Claman DeMelo ran 10 Indycar Series races between 2017 and 2018. He’s also run 40 Indy NXT Series races where he collected two race wins, he most recent start came in 2019.

Zach Claman DeMelo: Statement

“During Grand Prix weekend I was assaulted at a night club by Detroit Red Wings NHL player Daniel Spring,” DeMelo stated via his Instagram story.

“He grabbed my neck and pinned me on a wall, we were separated during that scuffle.”

“After when I had believed the situation was over, Daniel came back and sucker punched me in the face while I was defenseless.”

“The photos in the slide before is the after math of the incident. The dental work needed was brutal and I’m still not finished.”

“I also sustained a concussion that I’ve been dealing with over the past few weeks.”

“I just wanted to bring attention to this situation as no one has the right to act this way especially an athlete of Daniel’s caliber. We must hold our self to the highest of standards and for him to do this is beyond disappointing.

“He concluded, “Due to legal reasons, I can’t say more at this time.”

DeMelo posted the following images of his injuries…

Injury Photos

Zach Claman DeMelo - Daniel Sprong
Zach Claman DeMelo – Daniel Sprong

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