Sunday, September 22, 2019
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Chicago Blackhawks mascot, Tommy the Hawk, bodyslams fan during fight

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In a season when the Philadelphia Flyers’ new mascot, Gritty, is a national icon one of the NHL’s veterans has reminded American they can still make an impact.

The Chicago Sun-Times said police were called towards United Pay attention to Friday night around 11pm right after the Chicago Blackhawks mascot, Tommy the Hawk, was punched hard and set from a headlock. As Tommy is flightless he was incapable of reach a perch, eyrie or tree branch for safety. Tommy’s assailant was referred to as a white man between 18 and 20, about 5ft 5in and 160lbs. Video showed Tommy managed to struggle clear of the headlock and bodyslam his small but nimble opponent to the floor.

No animals, humans or anthropomorphic mascots were damaged in the fracas. A Blackhawks spokesperson said the team were alert to the incident. “We are gathering the facts and may have no further comment today, pending our investigation,” he said.

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Although generally kind to children and generous with free merchandise, mascots can lash out when provoked. In 2019, the New York Mets’ mascot, Mr Met, gave fans the middle finger after someone insulted his mother. “I truly do know which the fans were cursing at Mr Met while using f-word and saying derogatory reasons for having Mr Met’s mom … which led to the gesture caused by a personal matter in reference to his mom,” a witness told the newest York post at the time.

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