The long-awaited Stanley Cup finals are underway.
After being delayed by the coronavirus lockdowns, it’s understandable fans are excited to watch their teams compete for the greatest trophy in all of sports.
But these passionate hockey fans got the cops called on them for the most outrageous reason.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are leading the series in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Dallas Stars, 2-1.
But when one Florida man gathered with a couple of friends to watch Game 3 in his apartment, the last thing he ever expected was to find Sheriff’s deputies knocking on his door.
Fox News reports that a neighbor called deputies on the fans after hearing them scream “shoot! shoot!”
The call prompted several Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies to show up at Devon Garnett’s apartment door. He and two friends had gathered to watch the game at Garnett’s Radius Palms apartment.
The caller told dispatchers someone was yelling loudly in the apartment above just before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s spokesperson Natalia Verdina.
“So they came to the door and thought there were guns in the house,” Garnett, 26, told the Tampa Bay Times. “We’re like, ‘Nope, we’re just screaming for Steven Stamkos.’”
According to a sheriff’s office dispatch report released Thursday, the complainant told police he heard a couple screaming at each other, with one yelling, “I dare you to shoot!”
Garnett claimed the deputies “completely understood and just laughed it off. But they thought it was serious because I was screaming ‘Shoot!’ as in ‘Shoot the puck.’”
Geez. Be careful out there Tampa fans.
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars are back at it tonight for Game 4 at 8pm on NBC.
Hopefully for Devon Garnett, it doesn’t lead to another encounter with the Sheriff’s office.
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.