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‘Dumb redneck with a bad idea’ charged after tossing catfish on to rink in Stanley Cup final

Tennessee man describes himself as a ‘dumb redneck with a bad idea’ after police charge him for throwing a catfish on the rink in Stanley Cup final

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 31 May, 2017, 9:50am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 June, 2017, 4:19pm

A Tennessee man is describing himself as a “dumb redneck with a bad idea” after police filed charges against him for throwing a catfish on to the rink in Pittsburgh during the opening of the Stanley Cup final.

Police say 36-year-old Jacob Waddell threw the dead fish over the glass surrounding the rink on Monday night during the Nashville Predators-Pittsburgh Penguins game.

He was ejected and charged with disorderly conduct, possessing instruments of crime – in this case, the fish – and disrupting meetings or processions.

Waddell told Nashville radio station WGFX-FM that he came up with the idea ahead of a trip to see relatives in Ohio.

He said that “like an ignorant redneck, I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be awesome to throw a catfish on the ice at this game?’”

Nashville mayor Megan Barry released a statement asking that “any charges for throwing a catfish on to the ice would be quickly dismissed”.

Jake Guentzel’s goal lifts Pittsburgh Penguins to 5-3 win in game one of Stanley Cup final

Pittsburgh mayor William Peduto suggested in a statement that Waddell perform community service as punishment – “perhaps cleaning fish at Wholey’s”, a prominent fish market in the city.

The Penguins won the game 5-3.

Hockey has a long tradition of objects being thrown on the ice, usually in affection like when fans toss hats to mark hat-tricks.

There are odd offerings, too, including the time-honoured tradition of Detroit Red Wings fans throwing octopi during the play-offs.