Police clear allegation that Gritty punched 13-year-old boy

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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police say Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty has been cleared of allegations that he physically assaulted a 13-year-old boy during a photoshoot in November 2019.

Investigation into ⁦@GrittyNHL⁩ is over. ⁦@PhillyPolice⁩ say there was no assault ⁦@KYWNewsradiopic.twitter.com/1w0WhZ4Csw

— Kristen Johanson (@KristenJohanson) February 3, 2020

Chris Greenwell and his son, Brandon, met the googly-eyed mascot at an event for season ticket holders. As his son walked away from the individual portraying the Gritty character, Greenwell said the mascot ran out of his chair and “punched his son as hard as he could.”

He filed a complaint with police in December.

Police announced Monday that their investigation determined “the actions of the individual portraying the Flyers mascot did not constitute physical assault as alleged.”

In a statement, the Flyers said, “We are pleased that the Philadelphia Police Department concluded there was no merit to the alleged claim.”