Cody Gribble might be clinically insane. Gribble walked up to an alligator on the 6th hole at Bay Hill during his first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday and grabbed an alligator by the tail.
“I didn’t realize it was on video, but the gator looked like he needed some exercise,” Gribble said. “He was sitting right there in the way and, you know, I guess I was trying to get some adrenaline going somehow, but I wasn’t really afraid of it, there was really nothing to say about it.
“I’ve done it a couple times before. If you think if that’s crazy, you should meet my father, Bill Gribble. Next time you see him, have an interview with him. He loves all types of animals, but, yeah.”
So was he scared of ending up like Chubbs on “Happy Gilmore”?
“It’s probably frowned upon, but I wasn’t too worried about it at the time,” he said. Those guys, I mean, it’s like a jolt, it’s quick, they’re not going to catch you, they’re not going to catch you a couple of steps down. I mean, they’re going to get you really quick early, but it’s, I mean, I’m not in its way, I’m right behind him, it’s not going to happen.
“They’re quick, but they’re not that quick. We have caught them before, I’ve caught them before, fishing before, too. It’s fun, it’s fun, I like -- I’m not going to hurt them or anything, he’s beautiful. And, actually, I don’t know if you ever felt an alligator, but like their skin is incredibly clean.”
We’ll take your word for it.