Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers is no stranger to making headlines.
The 25-year-old is widely regarded as one of the most talented players in the NHL and frequently lands in the news for his on-the-ice exploits.
This week, McDavid managed to find himself in the headlines for something other than his play.
In a now-viral video, a sheepish looking McDavid appears in what some believe looks like a compromising position.
— Boring Johnny Hockey (@boring_gaudreau) June 13, 2022
With social media being what it is, fans understandably had some strong reactions to the clip:
Best player in the league just got BUSTED https://t.co/NgH45ayfft
— Tpeq🙏🏻 (@Tpeq_15) June 13, 2022
— 👀🏳️🌈🐱 🏒🐶 ✈ (@bytbytstitch) June 13, 2022
— Connor Green (@TheConnorGreen) June 13, 2022
Yiiiikkkeeessss. McJesus is buckled and folks, that is not his girlfriend. https://t.co/8vdAjiPD71
— Dylan Deibel (@DylanDeibel) June 13, 2022
Uh oh https://t.co/Tm305qD2vI
— Gary Steinberg Jr. (@DrGSteindog) June 13, 2022
— CJAY 92 (@CJAY92) June 13, 2022
That said, some eagle-eyed fans immediately came to McDavid’s defense:
Old video. As you can see Nurse has no tattoos on his right arm, and if you go to his instagram you’ll see his right arm is covered in tattoos. Now everyone can shut up. No one even knows the context behind the video. Morons. https://t.co/NNKmxPmNvk
— Kirsten Alyssa 🪴🤍 (@kirst_alyssa) June 13, 2022
pfffhhtt..This is old. He looks like he’s only about 19 in this. Besides, until there is a ring on Lauren’s finger, it’s not cheating. 🤪 https://t.co/L9QYnbbv5M
— JC (@slims_jc) June 13, 2022
Big picture, cheating has been a hot topic of conversation in the sports world over the past few weeks.
You can hardly blame folks for being suspicious.
Alex Rodriguez knows how to vacation in style. https://t.co/QpoAuzoxtb
— Game 7 (@game7__) June 13, 2022
Will McDavid come out and address the idle rumors and speculation one way or the other?
Time will tell.