Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Gritty Accused Of Throwing A Punch

from Christian Hetrick of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Chris Greenwell brought his boy Brandon to the Wells Fargo Center one night in November to meet the most famous person on the Philadelphia Flyers payroll: Gritty.

The Flyers had invited Greenwell and his 13-year-old son to get a photo and some face time with the fuzzy, googly-eyed mascot, all part of an exclusive event for season ticket holders. But after waiting in line for about an hour behind dozens of fans to get to Gritty, something shocking happened, according to Greenwell.

In Greenwell’s telling, Brandon playfully patted the mascot on the head after the photo was taken. 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.

Officials at Comcast Spectacor, the company that owns the Flyers, told Greenwell there is no video footage of the incident because the “cameras in that area of the center are focused on other locations,” according to emails between Greenwell and officials. The company claimed it conducted an investigation that included interviews with Gritty, and “Gritty’s handler,” but couldn’t verify Greenwell’s account.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Comments

Down River Dan's avatar

....“cameras in that area of the center are focused on other locations,”.....

Literally, nothing to see here…move along….. right….ok.. confused

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/22/20 at 05:13 PM ET

Avatar

This is almost the most Flyers thing that could possibly happen.

Somehow shocking but not at all surprising.

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/22/20 at 05:24 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Mascots will be at the ASG, wonder if Gritty will show.

From a person who thinks the teams showcase their mascots way too much.

They should be part of the show, not the show.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/22/20 at 05:46 PM ET

Avatar

Gritty got out of his chair, “took a running start,” and “punched my son as hard as he could,” Greenwell said Wednesday.


Sooo this happened at a season ticket holder event back in November and this is just now coming out? Nothing was said or done after “Gritty got out of his chair, took a running start, and punched a child as hard as he could?” The Flyers should refund their season tickets and tell them to get lost. This smells like a huge load of bullshit.

Posted by MZ2215 on 01/22/20 at 06:49 PM ET

Avatar

I won’t assume it happened or happened exactly as alleged
and I won’t assume it’s all or even partly made up.

But the story alone is the soul and essence of the Flyers

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/22/20 at 08:18 PM ET

Avatar

It was an event for season ticket holders and there wasn’t a single witness to this happening?

Posted by BaromirBragr on 01/23/20 at 08:32 AM ET

Avatar

After reading the full linked article and communications between the shitheads dad and the organization, I would like to change my comment from “this smells like a huge load of bullshit” to “this is no less than 99% bullshit, screw the kid and his dad, ban them from the arena too.”

Posted by MZ2215 on 01/23/20 at 08:59 AM ET

Avatar

After reading the full linked article and communications between the shitheads dad and the organization

I’m curious what article you read that leads you to believe the kid is the *#$%@&, not the dad.

Posted by BaromirBragr on 01/23/20 at 09:43 AM ET

Avatar

Posted by BaromirBragr on 01/23/20 at 09:43 AM ET

My apologies for assuming the father and son are both complicit. It is definitely possible that the kid doesn’t want any part of this and is just stuck on a ride he can’t get off.

Posted by MZ2215 on 01/23/20 at 10:08 AM ET

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.

Smileys

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com