CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati's Bearcat mascot was cited for disorderly conduct after a snowball-throwing incident in the stands during a game against Pittsburgh.
Heavy snow covered the field and stands for the Big East game on Saturday afternoon. When Pitt's Dion Lewis scored the second of his three touchdowns in the half, students pelted him with snowballs and were told to stop.
A school spokesman says the mascot also was told to stop throwing snowballs in the stands and pushed a security guard, knocking both of them to the ground. This video via Youtube shows the mascot clearly throwing the snowballs. The mascot was detained and cited. He was not identified.
A backup mascot took his place at halftime.This video shows the mascot getting arrested, courtesy of The Big Lead. This story should be a lesson of how NOT to behave as the team mascot.
Snowballs can be pretty dangerous, especially when they're mostly made of ice. The students are young and they just don't get it. This story reminds me of the San Diego Chargers / New York Giants game back in 1995 at the old Giants Stadium years back when fans started throwing snowballs at the players. One of the security guards on the field was knocked out cold by a snowball. The game was stopped and they almost ended it on the spot. Afterwards, some fans had their season tickets revoked. This stuff is no joke.
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