By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Gritty, the beloved mascot for the Philadelphia Flyers, has been cleared by the Philadelphia Police Department of an alleged assault. He was accused of assaulting a 13-year-old boy.
The alleged incident happened in November at a season ticket photo event on Nov. 19th at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia. However, the Flyers, along with the authorities, found that the claims were baseless.
“That investigation, which has been completed and is no longer active, determined that the actions of the individual portraying the Flyers’ mascot did not constitute physical assault as alleged,” police said in a statement.
The father filed the report in January, weeks after the alleged incident. He went to the police after the Flyers found that his claims were baseless following their own investigation.
He claimed that the son was punched after taking pictures with Gritty during an exclusive event.
In fact, he said previously that he just wanted a little bit of money out of the situation and when the team declined, he went to the authorities.
“He taps Gritty three times on the head, a light tap,” the father claimed, according to NBC Philadelphia. “After that, my son walks away. Gritty was about 8 feet away from my son, got out of the chair and lunged at him and hit him in the back.”
The father claimed that it was “horseplay,” but said that his son was in pain. He took his son to receive medical attention.
“From the beginning, all I asked for is I wanted my son’s medical bills paid. I wanted an apology from the team and for them to do something special for him like a picture with players,” the dad said last month. “I would’ve been happy with that but they tried to get me to accept complimentary tickets to make this go away.”
Comcast Spectacor found nothing to support his claims. The Flyers were also pleased that the authorities found nothing to support his claims.
“[Comcast Spectacor are] pleased that the Philadelphia Police Department concluded there was no merit to the alleged claim,” they said in a statement. “The police department’s statement confirms our thorough internal investigation that found no evidence of the described actions ever having taken place.”