Philadelphia police investigating Flyers mascot Gritty for allegedly punching 13-year-old boy

A Philadelphia Flyers fan has accused the crew’s well-known mascot, Gritty — or at the least, the particular person inside Gritty’s costume — of punching his 13-year-old son at an occasion for season ticket holders in November.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Wednesday that police and detectives are actually investigating the incident, during which Flyers fan Chris Greenwell mentioned the particular person within the Gritty costume “took a working begin” and “punched my son as arduous as he might” after his son, Brandon, patted Gritty’s head throughout their photograph alternative with the mascot.

In keeping with Greenwell, a chiropractor famous one week after the incident that Brandon suffered delicate ache and recognized him with a again bruise, or “a contusion to decrease thoracic backbone with subluxation,” in line with paperwork the Inquirer obained from Greenwell.

Greenwell reported the incident to the police after a couple of month of messaging back-and-forth with Comcast Spectator (the corporate that owns the Flyers). Firm officers reportedly informed Greenwell there isn’t a video footage of the incident as a result of cameras in that space of the WellsFargo Heart level in different instructions, and that each “Gritty” and “Gritty’s handler” couldn’t affirm their account of the alleged punch.

The Flyers mentioned in a press release on Wednesday thorough investigation into Greenwell’s allegations discovered nothing to help his declare.

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“I do know it was not appropriate for my son to harmlessly faucet him on his head however for a Flyers worker to get (sic) throw a full punch at somebody along with his again turned and damage a 13-year-old boy is assault, unprofessional and unacceptable to your group,” Greenwell wrote to Comcast Spectator by way of the Inquirer.

Comcast Spectator officers reportedly supplied the Greenwells a possibility to sit down on the gamers’ bench throughout heat ups at a recreation to make up for his or her “dangerous expertise,” however their communication turned destructive when Greenwell claimed firm vice chairman of threat administration Laurie Kleinman confirmed to him that the mascot had admitted he hit his son throughout a cellphone name in December. Kleinman later denied that dialog.

“At no time did I state that one among my colleagues hit your son,” Kleinman informed Greenwell on Dec. 23 by way of the Inquirer. “Gritty, nonetheless, remembers being hit on the pinnacle repeatedly by somebody throughout one of many earlier photograph shoots.”

Greenwall, who mentioned he has not employed a lawyer and easily desires an apology and one thing for his son, filed the grievance on Dec. 21. Philadelphia police informed the Inquirer there are not any different investigations — open or closed — into alleged assaults involving Gritty, who was launched because the Flyers’ mascot in September 2018.

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