For some reason, the joker inside the University of Ohio Bobcat mascot uniform decided it was a good idea to attack Brutus, the Ohio State Buckeye’s mascot before last Saturday’s match-up. And not in the good-natured, “let’s pretend to fight to amuse the fans” way that some sports mascots do.
No, this seems to be a completely unprovoked attack that left Brutus a little dazed and confused, but appears to have cost the man behind the bobcat mascot uniform, Brandon Hanning, his job. The real irony? Hanning isn’t even a student at OU anymore, and actually admits he only tried out for the mascot role so he could tackle Brutus in front of all of those OSU fans. We’re not lawyers, but that’s starting to sound like pre-meditated assault to us and wonder if someone in Columbus could bring this jerk up on charges, given his admission he did it on purpose?
Video of the incident is below, but here’s some details on this idiot’s plans from the Ohio U student newspaper:
Jason Corriher, assistant athletic director for Media Relations, announced in a statement that the person involved in the stunt has been banned from any further affiliation with Ohio Athletics.
“The department does not condone this behavior and apologizes for the negative effects that this had on an intercollegiate event between two proud institutions,” Corriher said in the statement. “This is not indicative of the quality partnership between the universities and reflected extremely poor judgment and sportsmanship.”
Brandon Hanning, the person in the Rufus costume, said he was not upset with the aftermath. “It was the whole reason I tried out (to be Rufus) last year,” he said. “I knew we were going back to OSU this year, and I wanted to tackle Brutus.”
Hanning, 19, is a student at Hocking College. He enrolled at OU last year but dropped out, he said. He added that he still hadn’t been informed of his firing, but didn’t care. Ohio coach Frank Solich said he did not know much about the situation. “Obviously we needed to tackle the guy with the ball, not the mascot.”