Tampa Bay Lightning Mascot Fired After Altercation With Bruins Fan

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A Boston Bruins fan gets into an altercation with the Tampa Bay Lightning's mascot, Thunderbug. (Photo from Youtube)

A Boston Bruins fan gets into an altercation with the Tampa Bay Lightning’s mascot, Thunderbug. (Photo from Youtube)

BOSTON (CBS) – It looks like the hammer has come down hard after an incident at a Boston Bruins game in Tampa Bay earlier this month.

According to the CBS affiliate in Tampa, the woman who worked as the Lightning”s mascot “ThunderBug” has been fired after an altercation with a Bruins fan in the stands January 17.

The fan shoved the mascot from behind after the mascot had doused him with silly string.

Ushers spoke to the man in the concourse, but he later was allowed to return to his seat.

Video of the incident surfaced on YouTube, and no surprise, garnered national attention.

On Monday, the Lightning confirmed the mascot performer will not work another game for the team. The woman had been with them since 2009.

A Lightning spokesman said the incident played a part in the team’s decision, but it wasn’t the only factor.

Fans of the Bug have created a Facebook page, showing their support for their mascot.

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