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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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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:18 pm

Tampa mascot let go after silly string incident

I hope the mascot sues for being in an unsafe work environment.  You can bet that he has already been contacted by a very high-profile and aggressive legal firm that is based in Tampa.  If not, they will get to him soon.  
You can't blame the Lightning, in a way.  The team is terrible, and they have to make the Stanley Cup semifinals just to break even.  Any time they can cut costs by doing something like firing a mascot, they are probably going to do it. I wonder who goes next?

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