Flyers mascot Gritty cleared by Philadelphia police after assault allegation

Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty will not be charged with assault after a Philadelphia police investigation. (Derik Hamilton/AP)

Philadelphia police have cleared a person portraying Flyers mascot Gritty of an assault allegation.

“An investigation of the incident was conducted by South Detective Division,” the Phildelphia police said in a statement. “That investigation, which has been completed and is no longer active, determined that the actions of the individual portraying the Flyers’ mascot did not constitute physical assault as alleged.”

In late January, Flyers season ticket holder Chris Greenwell alleged that his 13-year-old son had been punched by the mascot during a photoshoot in November.

In an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer Greenwell said his son was diagnosed with a back bruise.

“We took Mr. Greenwell’s allegations seriously and conducted a thorough investigation that found nothing to support this claim,” the Flyers said in a statement on Jan. 22.

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