UPDATE: Charges against Predators fan who threw catfish withdrawn
Charges filed against a man who threw a catfish onto the ice as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators competed Monday night in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final have been withdrawn.
Jacob Waddell, 36, of Nolensville, Tennessee, threw the fish over the glass surrounding the rink at PPG Paints Arena about 23 minutes into the game, police told our sister affiliate WSMV in Nashville.
Once inside PPG Paints Arena, Waddell went to a restroom to remove the fish from his pants, the complaint said. He told authorities that he wrapped it in a free T-shirt and towel that was given out and held onto it until he threw it onto the ice.
"Putting it where it was eventually wasn't that hard because I played ball all of my life so wearing compression shorts wasn't uncomfortable," Waddell told Channel 4's Edward Burch. "Having a gigantic fish down your crotch in compression shorts was uncomfortable, but it was good."
The game was stopped until the fish was removed from the ice. Arena security detained Waddell and escorted him to a security office.
When asked how he was able to get the fish into the arena, Waddell said he vacuum packed it and brought it from Tennessee. When entering the arena in Pittsburgh, he put the vacuum-packed fish inside his compression shorts so that it would not be detected, according to the complaint.