Published: Thu, January 23, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty accused of punching boy during photo shoot

Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty accused of punching boy during photo shoot

Greenwell told the Inquirer his son Brandon patted Gritty on the head after the picture was snapped, prompting the googly-eyed fuzz monster to take "a running start", and "punched my son as hard as he could".

The Philadelphia Flyers' wild-eyed orange mascot is under investigation for allegedly being the wrong type of monster during a fan event.

A DE father says Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty punched his 13-year-old son during an event at the team's arena last fall, according to reports.

"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.

Chris Greenwell, who has had Flyers season tickets for 23 years, says he was at Wells Fargo Center in November when they posed for a photoshoot with the mascot, KYW reports.

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Greenwell, who said he won't renew his season tickets, told the Inquirer that his son saw a chiropractor and was diagnosed with a back bruise.

Chris Greenwell took his 13-year-old son to meet the mascot on November 19 for an event held for season ticket holders, according to Reuters. A police spokesperson described the incident to the paper as an alleged "physical assault".

The identity of the person wearing the Gritty costume at the time of the alleged incident has not been revealed.

Greenwell said he reached out to the team to request an apology and ask that the team do something special for his son.

The company that owns the Flyers, Comcast Spectacor, reportedly told Greenwell they were unable to verify his account of the alleged incident after conducting an investigation into the matter.

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