Is That A Catfish Or Are You Just Glad To See Me?

There are a lot of weird and odd things that come across our electronic desk, but this one is right up there:

Predators fan Jacob Waddell charged for throwing catfish on ice in Game 1

A Nashville Predators fan who threw a dead catfish on the ice in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final is facing criminal charges, the Pittsburgh Police Department said in a statement Tuesday.

There’s a bit of a backstory to this that the staff was talking about last week. It seems that in 2003, in order to start some sort of tradition, the fans of the Nashville Predators took to throwing catfish onto the ice during hockey games. The act is similar to the tradition that happens in Detroit where people throw octopus onto the ice. The Detroit tradition started because at one point in time, it took eight game victories to win the Stanley Cup.

The fans of the Predators seemed to say “this is the south. We are throwing catfish.”

It takes all kinds.

We understand that you cannot have seafood flying through the air at sporting events. Frankly, some of the catfish people have thrown are rather big and we can see someone getting hurt if the fish doesn’t make it onto the rink.

However, instead of just removing the guy from the arena and telling him to never come back, he was charged with a crime – multiple crimes in fact:

Jacob Waddell, 26, from Nolensville, Tennessee, has been charged via summons with disorderly conduct, possessing instruments of crime and disrupting meetings and processions.

A catfish is an “instrument of crime?” Heck, like many, we have eaten them there instruments of crime and found them to be quite tasty.

It seems to us that the charges are a bit over the top, to say the least.

Of course, you are probably wondering “how does someone get a catfish into a sporting arena?”

Pittsburgh police told the Tennessean that Waddell bought the fish in Tennessee, vacuum sealed it and carried it in his compression shorts into PPG Paints Arena. He went to the men’s room, where he removed the fish to throw onto the ice.

On Monday morning, Waddell took to Twitter and boasted about his toss. Before that he tweeted that he brought the fish to the game from Nashville.

He also told WSMV-TV, Nashville he ran over the catfish with his truck to flatten it out and then put it down in his crotch.

And then there is this:

Councilman Freddie O’Connell said he’s asked the Metro Council office to draft a resolution requesting that Allegheny County, Pa, where Waddell was charged, pardon him.

I have asked the #MetroCouncil office to draft a resolution requesting a pardon for @JacobDeveral. #StandWithUs#CatfishOutOfWater#GoPreds
โ€” Freddie O’Connell (@freddieoconnell) May 30, 2017

“This is fandom,” O’Connell said. “If we’re really going to escalate this to the point where people having some fun in a sports arena, and a little prank becomes a serious charge and carries with it a fine, maybe it’s time to deescalate that and let fans be fans.”

“This was something that was just done for fun, and for a charge to be brought here I think is overstepping just a little”

Council members Jeremy Elrod and Councilwoman Kathleen Murphy said they would co-sponsor the resolution.

Cosponsor #standwithus#gopreds#preds
โ€” Jeremy Elrod (@JeremyElrod26) May 30, 2017

Even the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation swam into this melodrama:

We’ve seen a lot of “instruments of crime” over the years. Can’t honestly say we’ve seen a case with one of these.
โ€” TBI (@TBInvestigation) May 30, 2017

Waddell has had offers of free legal representation and offers of donations to cover his legal costs.

We can’t figure out whether to be shaking our heads or laughing at this.

Until we do, we are just going to put it in the “the truth is stranger than fiction file.”

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