Posted by Tom Fornelli
Iowa State got off to a 3-0 start to the season for the first time since 2005 after beating UConn on Friday night, but it appears the team did not return from Connecticut unscathed. The team's mascot, Cy, suffered a broken arm during the game. How he suffered that broken arm is also in question.
According to the police report, there was no foul play involved, and Zane Brugenhemke merely tripped on the stairs while wearing the mascot uniform.
“The police determined there was no physical altercation tied to the event and no charges were filed,” UConn athletic department spokesman Mike Enright told the Hartford Courant. “Instead, it was determined that the injuries were caused when the student in the mascot costume tripped down the stairs. These facts were confirmed by the student mascot in an interview with police.”
Now Brugenhemke told police during the interview that he tripped on his own, but on his Facebook page he had a different story. That's where, after posting the photo of himself with an arm in a sling, Brugenhemke claims a UConn fan "pushed me out of the stands...eight foot drop onto concrete." Then there was another witness report from a local fire official who told the state police that Brugenhemke had gone into the stands to celebrate, and after his wing hit a student, that student then pushed Brugenhemke, causing him to fall.
So I don't know what to believe happened on Friday night. All I know for sure is that no charges have been filed due to the incident, and that a bird can't fly with a broken wing. So there will be a new person occupying the Iowa State mascot's body next week.