Penn State University suspended it’s mascot, the Nittany Lion, for the first month of the season because of a public drunkenness citation.
Of course this isn’t the first time a sports mascot has had problems with alcohol-related incidents.
March 15, 1987
The Phoenix Suns Gorilla was arrested for public drunkenness and breaking and entering after getting so drunk he broke into a funeral parlor thinking it was his apartment building.
Sep. 1, 2000
The USC Trojan got drunk and wounded an opposing lineman by stabbing him in the leg with his sword. He was also cited for DUI because he was riding a horse.
Jan. 30, 1977
The Stanford Tree was suspended for 3 games after getting drunk and hitting on a Cardinal women’s basketball assistant coach. He asked her to check to see how old he was by looking at his rings and then exposed himself.
Feb. 14, 1984
During a timeout, a severely inebriated Temple Owl went up to a 9-year-old girl at a basketball game, took off his head and told her “life is shit.” The girl became inconsolable after witnessing a cartoon owl remove its own head. The Owl threw up in a nearby fan’s foam finger.
Oct. 2, 1956
A gin-soaked Herbie Husker drove a Mercury Coupe on to the field at Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium and accused Oklahoma head coach Bud Wilkinson of being a communist.
June 22, 1996
After a three-game bender, the Philly Fanatic urinated at third base thinking it was a toilet.
Sep. 24, 1991
In the ultimate of all character betrayals, the Penn Quaker got blitzed before a football game against Dartmouth and used homophobic slurs to describe the aptitude of Harvard’s defense.
April 19, 1989
The Mariner Moose killed a family of three when he got behind the wheel of his ATV with a 0.14 blood alcohol level and crashed it into the right field bleachers.