‘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
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.
So this dude just got kicked out of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final for throwing a catfish on the ice. pic.twitter.com/DzLK6l1Mv5
— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) May 30, 2017
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”.
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.