June 17, 2021

‘Gritty did nothing wrong’: Fans defend Philadelphia Flyers mascot after claim that he punched boy

Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty performs during an NHL hockey game on Jan. 13. Police are investigating a claim that the mascot punched a 13-year-old boy in November. (Derik Hamilton/AP)
Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty performs during an NHL hockey game on Jan. 13. Police are investigating a claim that the mascot punched a 13-year-old boy in November. (Derik Hamilton/AP)
Gritty, the gleefully deranged mascot for the Philadelphia Flyers, is known for being a little rough around the edges. After getting a confused response when he made his debut in 2018, the shaggy orange creature soon cemented his status as a beloved avatar of “pure anarchy and chaos” by attacking fans with a T-shirt cannon, tossing a combative child in the penalty box, and generally wreaking havoc.

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