It’s Monday night, Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators. We’re entering the second period when suddenly…
Jacob Waddell threw a dead catfish onto the ice. Real mature, Waddell. Real mature.
He managed to smuggle it into the arena and after disrupting the game he is being charged with disrupting a meeting, disorderly conduct, and possession of an instrument of crime. Whatever the heck that means. He could receive a 6-year sentence and at least $12,000 in fines!
Lucky for him though, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto thinks the 36-year-old fish thrower doesn’t deserve that harsh a sentence but instead maybe some community service at a popular Pittsburgh fish market.
In a statement, Peduto (actually) says,
“This has turned into a whale of a story. From my perch, I agree with Mayor Barry that we shouldn’t be baited into interfering with this fish tale, but if the charges eventually make their way to a judge I hope the predatory catfish hurler who got the hook last night is simply sentenced to community service, perhaps cleaning fish at Wholey’s.”
So… There’s that. Don’t throw catfish onto the ice in Pittsburgh, people. It’s very unsportsmanlike.