'Never be buddies': Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad addresses taunts by golfer Brooks Koepka
LIV Golf star Brooks Koepka was spotted last Saturday at a Florida Panthers game holding up an orange traffic cone and yelling about defenseman Aaron Ekblad during a 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers.
Ekblad gave his reaction to the viral incident on Wednesday in Toronto, telling Sportsnet's Luke Fox: “We’re not buddies. Never be buddies.”
Koepka told GolfWRX's Matt Vincenzi that he did not bring the cone to the game.
"He gave up a bad goal," Koepka said about Ekblad. "It was a bad pass in the third. I'm a die-hard P's fan, and he gave up a bad goal."
LIV Golf Superstar Brooks Koepka has a message for Aaron Ekblad.
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Koepka added, "I just felt like if they didn't win that game they weren't going to make the playoffs. Dedicated fan, man."
The Panthers, who won the Presidents' Trophy last season as the top regular-season team, have been inconsistent this season. They briefly moved into the second wild-card spot early last week, passing the Pittsburgh Penguins.
But Florida has lost four games in a row since then and is three points out of a playoff spot heading into Wednesday's game at the Maple Leafs.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Brooks Koepka taunted Panthers' Aaron Ekblad, and both responded