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Chicago Blackhawk’s mascot body slams fan after being attacked

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Instead of making Tommy Hawk a healthy scratch two days after getting into a fight with a fan at the United Center, it was business as usual for the Blackhawks’ mascot Sunday night.

Fans were lined up to take photos with Tommy Hawk, who police said was attacked by a man about an hour after the end of Friday’s game.

According to Chicago police spokeswoman Jessica Rocco, an unknown man approached Tommy Hawk, began to yell obscenities in his direction and put him in a headlock. After Tommy Hawk broke free, the man fled.

United Center security contacted police after the incident and filed a report. No arrest had been made as of Sunday afternoon, and police were still investigating.

The incident was captured on video and spread throughout social media over the weekend. The video shows the man portraying Tommy Hawk and the alleged attacker physically confronting each other before Tommy Hawk picks up the man and slams him to the ground.

Then they both get off the ground and wrestle — with Tommy Hawk being the aggressor — before the roughly 24-second video ends.

“We are aware of an incident that occurred on Friday night between an individual and a Blackhawks’ employee at the United Center,” the team said Saturday in a statement. “We are gathering the facts and will have no further comment at this time, pending our investigation.”

jgreenfield@chicagotribune.com
The Tribune’s Elyssa Cherney contributed to this report.

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