Charges against the Predators fan that threw a catfish in Pittsburgh to be dropped.
All the talk following Game One of the Stanley Cup Final was about a man throwing a catfish onto the ice in Pittsburgh. Jacob Waddell, a Predators fan and Nolensville, Tenn. native, was the man behind the catfish toss. He was immediately escorted out of the arena and later faced charges of disorderly conduct, disrupting a meeting and possessing instruments of a crime. You can imagine the uproar on social media about a man throwing a dead catfish onto the ice facing charges like those listed.
And yes, apparently a catfish is an ‘instrument of a crime’ in the state of Pennsylvania.
According to the Post-Gazette, all of those charges are set to be dropped however:
“Having reviewed the affidavit involving Mr. [Jacob] Waddell as well as the television coverage of the incident, District Attorney Zappala has made the determination that the actions of Mr. Waddell do not rise to the level of criminal charges,” spokesman Mike Manko said in a statement Wednesday. “As such, the three charges filed against Mr. Waddell will be withdrawn in a timely manner.”
Waddell reportedly brought the catfish with him all the way from Nashville by vacuum sealing it and slipping it into his compression shorts. After entering the arena he went to a restroom and wrapped the catfish in a free T-shirt (which we can assume was a Penguins one) washed his hands and went to his seat.
Game Two of the Stanley Cup Final is set for 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. Whether or not we’ll see another catfish on the ice tossed by a Predators fan, who knows, but I don’t think it would shock anyone.