PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WKRN) – One day after a Nolensville man was charged for throwing a catfish onto the ice during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, the district attorney’s office says the charges will be withdrawn.
Jacob Waddell was issued a summons on charges of disorderly conduct, possessing instruments of crime and disrupting a meeting.
In a statement, the district attorney’s office said, “Having reviewed the affidavit involving Mr. Waddell as well as the television coverage of the incident, District Attorney Zappala has made the determination that the actions of Mr. Waddell do not rise to the level of criminal charges. As such, the three charges filed against Mr. Waddell will be withdrawn in a timely manner.”
Waddell, 36, was immediately ejected from the game on Monday night.
Later that same night, country superstar Carrie Underwood tweeted Waddell was her hero.
PETA even weighed in on the news with the organizations VP Tracy Reiman responding to the charges against Waddell.
She said, in full, “Whether catfish or cat, it’s never acceptable to toss any sensitive, intelligent animal’s body onto the ice during a hockey game. PETA appreciates PPG Paints Arena’s swift action to eject the fan and have him charged with several crimes, which will remind all sports fans that this offensive behavior will not be tolerated. We trust that all NHL arenas will follow suit.”
The Predators fell to the Penguins 5-3 in Monday night’s game.