All right, on the surface, this video looks like just another mascot/fan incident. These kinds of things happen all the time in arenas across the country. Usually it’s pretty simple, innocent fun. On rare occasion, they get a little out-of-hand. This one starts out innocently enough, but by the end (make sure you stay until the end), its accelerates way beyond a little out-of-hand:
Wow, right? I don’t know. I’m leaning “staged.”
OK. First of all, I get why Baldy Von Rocket Fan is a bit upset. Beer is not cheap, and Jazz Bear lands a direct hit. But seriously dude, dumping it on the mascot’s head not only wastes the beer in entirety, it’s a d-nozzle move. But fans have demonstrated far greater d-nozzlery than this, so I’m still on board at that point. But then the guy is permitted to return to his seat. What? Still, I’m in, but getting a little suspicious. I suppose dude could have been ushered out, cooled off, and all is good – hand shake and head nod…okay, back to hoops.
But then this dealy-o turns WWE.
Jazz Bear returns to the scene with a bucket of revenge. After landing a direct hit, it’s the fan who is hauled out. Nothing said or done to the Bear, save a series of high fives. How is the Jazz Bear not taken down? Heck, before that, how did the Jazz Bear get by the two...not one, but two...arena officials - and a security guard?! That's one slippery bear. Honestly. Then there's the more obvious: how does that costume protect the dude inside of it from legal obligation? It doesn’t.
It's funny, and it's well orchestrated...but it's fake.