Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty accused of punching 13-year-old

Gritty is being investigated after the family of a 13-year-old boy complained about an incident involving the beloved, orange Philadelphia Flyers mascot

Chris Greenwell, the child’s father, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that during a photoshoot in November at the Wells Fargo Center, the fuzzy, orange icon punched his teenage son.

Greenwell and his son were at a meet-and-greet with Gritty as a thank you for being season ticket holders. According to Greenwell, after the final photo was taken, his son playfully patted Gritty on the head — apparently, a very wrong move.

Gritty then reportedly got out of his chair, took a “running start,” and then punched the teenager in the back.

Greenwell claims that a chiropractor who examined his son shortly after the incident said that he had a back bruise and back pain as a result of the punch.

NBC News reports that in an email to officials at Comcast Spectacor, which owns the Flyers, Greenwell dubbed the actions “unprofessional and unacceptable.” He was also unimpressed with the final picture, saying that Gritty did not even bother to look at the camera.

“We took Mr. Greenwell’s allegations seriously and conducted a thorough investigation that found nothing to support this claim,” the Flyers said in a statement released on Jan. 22.

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