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Did Flyers mascot Gritty punch a kid? Philly police say no

Did Flyers mascot Gritty punch a kid? Philly police say no”

That's the conclusion that Philadelphia police came to after investigating the allegations made by a DE man, who filed a police report claiming the the Philadelphia Flyers' freakish, googly eyed mascot struck his 13-year-old son during a photo shoot at the Wells Fargo Center on November 19.

Officials told ABC News that an investigation was completed and determined the mascot did not commit physical assault as alleged. The mascot got up, "took a running start", and "punched my son as hard as he could," Greenwell told the newspaper.

Philadelphia police announced on Monday that everyone's favourite huge orange monster has had his name cleared of all accusations of physical assault.

The investigation was launched on December 21, when Chris Greenwell claimed Gritty punched his 13-year-old son during a holiday photoshoot for season ticket holders. In that short time, Gritty has become one of the most recognizable mascots in the National Hockey League and in American sports. Greenwell told the Inquirer that after the photo was taken, his son patted Gritty on the head and then walked away.

Chris Greenwell of Newark, Del., filed the police complaint on behalf of his 13-year-old son, Brandon, on December 21.

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Greenwell said a chiropractor diagnosed his son with a back bruise or a "contusion to lower thoracic spine with subluxation". "Any parent would have done the same if they were in the same situation".

The Flyers said in a statement on January 22 that they investigated the incident.

In a statement, the Flyers said: "We are pleased that the Philadelphia Police Department concluded there was no merit to the alleged claim".

The Flyers said they investigated the claim and found no evidence of an assault.



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