The Philadelphia Inquirer: Chris Greenwell brought his boy Brandon to the Wells Fargo Center one night in November to meet the most famous person on the Philadelphia Flyers payroll: Gritty.
The Flyers had invited Greenwell and his 13-year-old son to get a photo and some face time with the fuzzy, googly-eyed mascot, all part of an exclusive event for season ticket holders. But after waiting in line for about an hour behind dozens of fans to get to Gritty, something shocking happened, according to Greenwell.
Gritty punched Brandon in the back, Greenwell claims.
In Greenwell’s telling, Brandon playfully patted the mascot on the head after the photo was taken. As Brandon walked away, Gritty got out of his chair, “took a running start,” and “punched my son as hard as he could,” Greenwell said Wednesday
About a month after the alleged punch, as Comcast Spectacor and Greenwell couldn’t come to an agreement, Greenwell reported the incident to Philadelphia police. The matter is now being investigated by South Detectives Division. A police spokesperson on Tuesday described the case as an alleged “physical assault” that occurred “during a photo shoot with 13 year old white male and Flyers mascot Gritty.
“The investigation is active and on-going,” police said.
The bad boy of the NHL is back again and no I’m not talking about Tom Wilson or Brad Marchand.
When I first saw this report I thought this was for sure a joke and unless I’m the dumbest human on planet Earth and got duped by the inquirer (which could happen) the block is hot for Gritty. Now did this happen? I’m going to say probably. Mascots have this lawless life where they can run around and do anything. The one perk of being a mascot is the ability to get away with things a normal person can’t. This life was taken to a new level when Gritty joined the fray and he’s been toying the line of right and wrong ever since then. Just like in the NHL, there is a line of right and wrong. Normally in the hockey world we are talking about headshots but in the mascot world its about punching a 13 year old kid. Now here is the issue I have:
Did Gritty punch the kid? Probably.
Was the punch egregious? I’m not sure.
If I am a father and I see a mascot haul off and hammer my kid I’m dropping the gloves and beating the shit out of Gritty, no ifs ands or butts. You have a duty of a father to serve and protect your kids. This did not happen. Instead, he reported this incident to the Flyers for an apology and for something nice to happen. To me, thats fishy. Regardless, everyone should keep their head on a swivel. Gritty is on the loose.