Gritty accused of punching 13-year-old boy during fan event

Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers mascot that went viral throughout last season, is being accused of a punching a 13-year-old boy in the back.

According to reports, the Flyers held an exclusive event for season ticket holders with the availability to have pictures taken with their superstar mascot, Gritty.

During that time, 13-year-old Brandon Greenwell allegedly patted the mascot on the head after their photo was taken. As the boy started walking away, the googly-eyed mascot “took a running start,” and “punched [Brandon] as hard as he could,” according to his father.

About a month after the alleged assault, and Comcast Spectacor — the owners of the Flyers — and the Greenwells could not agree on a settlement, the father and son reported the event to Philadelphia police.

“The investigation is active and on-going,” police told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Flyers and Comcast Spectacor offered special bonuses to the family, despite no physical evidence of the altercation.

“I have investigated your allegations and cannot identify anyone who witnessed the incident as you described it,” wrote Laurie Kleinman, vice president of risk management at Comcast Spectacor, in an email to Greenwell.

“It is unfortunate that you and your son had a bad experience at our Gritty Photo Event. Therefore, we are offering an opportunity to discuss a creative way to restore your son’s love of the Philadelphia Flyers.”

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HONOLULU, HI - FEBRUARY 5: The Atlanta Falcons mascot walks on the field during the 1995 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on February 5, 1995 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The AFC defeated the NFC 41-13. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
HONOLULU, HI - FEBRUARY 5: The Cleveland Browns mascot walks on the field prior to start of the 1995 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on February 5, 1995 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The AFC defeated the NFC 41-13. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
HONOLULU, HI - FEBRUARY 5: The St. Louis Rams mascot walks on the field prior to start of the 1995 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on February 5, 1995 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The AFC defeated the NFC 41-13. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
HONOLULU, HI - FEBRUARY 5: The Miami Dolphins mascot poses for a photo during the 1995 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on February 5, 1995 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The AFC defeated the NFC 41-13. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
HONOLULU, HI - FEBRUARY 5: The Minnesota Vikings mascot walks on the field prior to start of the 1995 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on February 5, 1995 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The AFC defeated the NFC 41-13. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
HONOLULU, HI - FEBRUARY 5: The Philadelphia Eagles mascot poses for a photo during the 1995 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on February 5, 1995 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The AFC defeated the NFC 41-13. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
HONOLULU, HI - FEBRUARY 5: The Pittsburgh Steelers mascot roams the sidelines during the 1995 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on February 5, 1995 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The AFC defeated the NFC 41-13. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
HONOLULU, HI - FEBRUARY 5: The San Diego Chargers mascot walks on the field during the 1995 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on February 5, 1995 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The AFC defeated the NFC 41-13. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
HONOLULU, HI - FEBRUARY 5: The San Francisco 49ers mascot roams the sidelines during the 1995 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on February 5, 1995 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The AFC defeated the NFC 41-13. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
HONOLULU, HI - FEBRUARY 5: The Washington Redskins mascot stands on the sidelines during the 1995 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on February 5, 1995 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The AFC defeated the NFC 41-13. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
HONOLULU, HI - FEBRUARY 5: The Dallas Cowboys mascot and a Dallas cheerleaders pose for a photo during the 1995 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on February 5, 1995 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The AFC defeated the NFC 41-13. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
HONOLULU, HI - FEBRUARY 5: A stadium scoreboard reads 'NFL mascot of the year' during the 1995 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on February 5, 1995 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The AFC defeated the NFC 41-13. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
HONOLULU, HI - FEBRUARY 5: Dallas Cowboys defensive end Charles Haley #94 and tight end Jay Novacek of the NFC Team looks on during the 1995 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on February 5, 1995 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The AFC defeated the NFC 41-13. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
HONOLULU, HI - FEBRUARY 5: Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Warren #42 of the AFC Team looks on during the 1995 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on February 5, 1995 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The AFC defeated the NFC 41-13. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
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The two sides are still in disagreement.

Philadelphia has become notorious for physical attacks coming from their mascots. The Phillies’ Phillie Phanatic has earned the title of “most-sued mascot in the majors” because of multiple reports coming from fans.

After the report of the allegation spread, the Flyers issued a statement regarding the incident.

“We took Mr. Greenwell’s allegations seriously and conducted a thorough investigation that found nothing to support this claim,” the team stated.

This isn’t turning serious quite yet — Greenwell hasn’t hired a lawyer — but it can turn orange and ugly soon.

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