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Tampa mascot let go after silly string incident

Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:43 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 7:44 pm
 


By: Adam Gretz

Your bizarre NHL story of the day comes from an incident that took place during a Bruins-Lightning game in Tampa Bay last week.

Video surfaced of the Lightning mascot, Thunderbug, getting tackled from behind by a fired up Bruins fan after he was covered in silly string by said mascot.

Of course, the whole thing was as absurd as you would expect a hockey fan covered in silly string tackling a giant bug to be.

The fan was seen being escorted out of the seating area by arena security and according to WTSP in Tampa Bay, was eventually allowed to return to his seat.

The person that won't be returning to the arena, however, at least in the same capacity, is the woman that was inside the Thunderbug costume, as she will not work another game for the team according to the Lightning. While the silly string incident reportedly played a role in the dismisal, "it wasn't the only factor."

Not surprisingly, there is already a Facebook page dedicated to saving Thunderbug's job, and it's already passed 1,000 fans. So go fight the good fight, if you choose.

Personally, I find almost all mascots to be more trouble than they're worth most of the time, especially if I'm paying good money for a seat only to have a giant sideshow blocking my view of the field/court/ice for any amount of time. But that's just me.

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Comments

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:19 pm
 

Tampa mascot let go after silly string incident

Harry Neale will sign that petition, he really likes mascots.



Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:26 pm
 

Tampa mascot let go after silly string incident

Someone obviously whined enough to get the video taken down.<br />




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:52 pm
 

Tampa mascot let go after silly string incident

Another whiny Bruins fan. WHAAA, I got sprayed with silly string, WHAAA.
this is so great. kettle please meet pot...or cowhead.


keep up the great work lightning rays fans.





Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 9:48 am
 

Tampa mascot let go after silly string incident

Another whiny Bruins fan. WHAAA, I got sprayed with silly string, WHAAA.



Since: Sep 8, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 7:56 am
 

Tampa mascot let go after silly string incident

Tampa Bay is currently 11th in attendence.



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:35 pm
 

Tampa mascot let go after silly string incident

kinda look like the bug is giving the guy the finger as he's leaving....maybe that's why she was let go.



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 5:53 pm
 

Tampa mascot let go after silly string incident

Ok bizona you got a point because I didn't see him looking at him the first time I watched so I'll admit I was wrong. But still, like the next guy said also, fun is fun but no one has a right (especially an employee) to physically do something to someone watching a game. But I do stand by the statement that the arena could get sued for that. And something a lot of people don't realize (because they don't actually read a story) is that the management said this person wasn't fired just for this incident but for other stuff too which goes to show there's a history with this woman who was the mascot. I'm sick of hearing the crying about this poor person losing their job because a Bruins fan over reacted. I just wish there was video of him going back to his seat with his free beer laughing at all the assholes waving to him. 



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 5:01 pm
 

Tampa mascot let go after silly string incident

I'm not going to try to defend the guy's actions because there really is no honest defense for it, but the way you put it it sounds like you're saying that, in buying a ticket to a game in an opposing team's arena, you give that team's employees the right to harrass you as they see fit.  I don't agree with that... I understand fans going back and forth at each other verbally and that's a part of the game that should never go away, but people who work for the organization (even if they're just the mascots) have to maintain some kind of level of professionalism.  It falls on the mascot to identify the right kind of fans to "bug", so to speak, and not pick out the grumpy 300lb man who looks like he's got a chip on his shoulder and wants to throw down.  Hopefully the next one will be able to spot the playful fans and not the ones who don't understand that going to hockey games is supposed to be a fun experience with no room for anger.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 3:37 pm
 

Tampa mascot let go after silly string incident

MTil77, give me a break. It wasn't from behind, the fan was looking right at the mascot and saying something (probably rude and inappropriate judging from his overall reaction) when the mascot first began to spray him with silly string. Even if it was from behind, it's silly string....if that guy tried to sue for assault for that, then he would deserve to be assaulted.

Like I said before, if one can't take this sort of stuff, then one should probably only go to their team's home games. I've seen far worse happen between fans where it didn't escalate to physical violence. If getting silly-stringed upset him that much, he could've reported it. But physically attacking someone because of silly string is hardly appropriate.



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 3:10 pm
 

Tampa mascot let go after silly string incident

CheapShotVinney, you must have missed the part where the guy was sprayed with the stuff from behind. So apparently never turn your back on a Tampa Bay mascot either. Get a clue seriously. You do understand that if the guy really wanted to he could have sued the arena for assault? No you're probably too stupid to know that. 


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