Gritty accused of punching 13-year-old boy

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By KYW Newsradio 1060

UPDATED: 5:35 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Gritty is facing some serious allegations.

Philadelphia police are investigating claims that the person wearing the Flyers’ mascot costume physically assaulted a 13-year-old boy.

The incident allegedly happened during a special team event and photoshoot in November at the Wells Fargo Center.

The boy's father, Chris Greenwell, from Delaware, described the incident on Facebook Wednesday afternoon. He said after his son, Brandon, was “punched and injured” by the mascot, he contacted the organization “numerous times,” asking it to issue an apology and offers to pay his son’s medical bills. 

Instead, Greenwell claims the Flyers bribed him.

“The Wells Fargo Center refused to let me see the video of it and the police had to get involved,” he wrote on Facebook. “They tried to get me to drop it by offering tickets and all-I-can-drink passes at one of the bars.”

Greenwell, a fan who even won Season Ticket Holder of the Year in 2013, said he’s ashamed of how the Flyers handled the situation, and he will not be renewing his season tickets next year.

The Flyers issued a statement in response: “We took Mr. Greenwell’s allegations seriously and conducted a thorough investigation that found nothing to support this claim.”