Stephen: Flyers mascot, Gritty cleared of assaulting teenaged fan

Last month, a Philadelphia Flyers season ticket-holder named Chris Greenwell alleged that the NHL team’s furry, googly-eyed mascot, Gritty, punched his 13-year-old son in the back during a VIP meet-and-greet. Greenwell filed a police report, and on Monday the cops announced that Gritty will not be charged with a crime, as “the actions of the individual portraying the Flyers’ mascot did not constitute physical assault as alleged.” For his part, Greenwell told The Philadelphia Inquirer, “I respect the police’s decision, but I stand by what my son told me and what I saw, and I just want to put this behind me.” Greenwell added that he still intends to avoid future Flyers games because he’s fearful of “fan retaliation.”

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