Philadelphia Flyers Deny Mascot Assaulted Child, Cops Investigating

Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty accused of punching teen at season ticket holders' event

Police in Philadelphia are investigating a odd case: whether Flyers' mascot Gritty punched a kid during a publicity photo shoot.

'After this incident I am ashamed of how Flyers have treated a 23-year loyal season ticket holder and my 13-year-old son and forcing me not renewing my tickets next year, ' he said.

Greenwell, who said he has discontinued his season tickets after 22 years, accused the team of bribery in an attempt to cover up the alleged wrongdoing. "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".

Greenwell provided the Inquirer with documents from a chiropractor saying Brandon was diagnosed with a back bruise.

The Flyers said in a statement later Wednesday, "We took Mr. Greenwell's allegations seriously and conducted a thorough investigation that found nothing to support this claim".

"I know it was not correct for my son to harmlessly tap him on his head but for a Flyers employee to get (sic) throw a full punch at someone with his back turned and hurt a 13-year-old boy is assault, unprofessional and unacceptable for your organization", Greenwell wrote to Comcast Spectator via the Inquirer.

Police said the incident occurred in November and that the investigation was "active and ongoing".

Gritty has become one of the NHL's most popular mascots since being introduced in September 2018.

Philadelphia police confirmed there are no other open or closed investigations involving the mascot, whose official biography on the Flyers' website admits to "bully" tendencies.

Officials at Comcast Spectacor, the company that owns the Flyers, told the Inquirer that they investigated the alleged incident and couldn't verify Greenwell's story. He was voted as the number one mascot in the National Hockey League just six months later in March 2019.



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