Some people just don't know when they've crossed the line. Punching a mascot? Consider the line officially crossed. (Photo courtesy of: Daniel Frohlich)
By: Trevor Williams, Sports Radio KJR
There was a mishap at a Boeing facility in Auburn last week. Or, a “moosehap” in this case…
Both The Boeing Company and the MLB’s Seattle Mariners have confirmed that a local mascot was involved in an altercation with a Boeing employee, last Thursday.
The Mariners have said, “It’s a non-story,” however the hosts of the Furness Show and friends of the Mariner Moose respectfully disagree.
After hearing of this incident, Jason Puckett urged me to dig a little deeper. Here’s what the Seattle Mariners and The Boeing Company had to say about Thursday’s incident:
(The following is information paraphrased from phone interviews and reflects details shared by both parties. Neither of the compilations constitutes an official statement by The Boeing Company or the Seattle Mariners)
The Boeing Company:
An incident did occur last week between a Boeing employee and the Seattle Mariners’ mascot, the Mariner Moose.
We are not going to discuss the specifics of the incident at this time, but we have begun an internal investigation.
The Boeing Company does not tolerate any act of aggression by its employees and we are taking the situation very seriously.
The Seattle Mariners:
It’s really a non-story [(wrong)].
Someone did take a poke at the Mariner Moose last week. He was not injured and it is our understanding that it was over as soon as it happened.
The Mariner Moose is used to being manhandled a lot. People are usually very excited to see him which can lead to aggression.
The Moose typically is escorted by 3-4 people when traveling around Safeco Field because of his antlers and limited visibility.
Because of his limited visibility, it is sometimes hard for the moose to see where people are coming from.
The Moose was being escorted by one Mariners employee at this particular event and we do not know what the moose did after the incident (in terms of staying at or leaving the Boeing facility).
Contrary to reports, no one has been arrested and the moose was not hospitalized.
However, we can confirm that someone took a poke at him in the “snout.”
For now, there are still conflicting stories surrounding the misbehavior (or moosebehavior) in Auburn. Sports Radio KJR will do its best to get to the bottom of the story and ensure that justice is provided to the Mariner Moose.
Stay tuned for more information on Moose-Gate. It can be found on the Furness Show page at sportsradiokjr.com, or you can listen live on weekdays from noon to three by turning your dial to 950am or by downloading the Sports Radio KJR station on the iHeart Radio app.
You can also follow @JasonPuckettKJR @IanKJR @SportsRadioKJR or @TJW_wazzu on twitter, for updates relating to this story.
Here’s today’s on air discussion relating to all things, “Moose-Gate”: