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Nashville Predators fan who threw catfish on the ice arrested for ‘possessing instruments of a crime’

For The Win logo For The Win 30/05/2017 Hemal Jhaveri

Knowing that they'd be facing Nashville in the Stanley Cup Final, Pittsburgh markets tried their hardest to stop fans from buying catfish to throw on the ice but weren't quite successful.

Nashville Predators fan who threw catfish on the ice arrested for 'possessing instruments of a crime' © Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Nashville Predators fan who threw catfish on the ice arrested for 'possessing instruments of a crime'

Monday night, Jacob Waddell succeed in smuggling a catfish into PPG Paints Arena and threw it onto the ice at the start of the second period. Never mind that the Predators were down 3-0 and you're only supposed to throw it after they score, the dude was likely reaching his limit of hiding a dead fish in his pants.

Waddell was subsequently ejected from the game but things got even worse as he left the arena.

Details emerged Tuesday morning that Waddell was arrested by Pittsburgh police a block away and charged with disorderly conduct, disrupting a meeting, and possessing instruments of a crime.

Throwing dead cat fish is a Nashville tradition that's loosely based off the Red Wings' iconic octopus throw. It doesn't make a lot of sense, but sports traditions rarely do. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the police report of the incident says the 'instrument of crime" was a dead fish.

While the police and Penguins have every right to kick Waddell out of the arena, arresting him seems like a huge over reaction. In the scope of outrageous fan behavior this barely qualifies and only comes off as sour grapes from the team that won.

Waddell not only has Nashville fans on his side, but the Nashville city council as well. According The Tennessean, local councilman Freddie O'Connell is drafting resolution requesting a pardon for Waddell.

"This is fandom," O'Connell said. "If we're really going to escalate this to the point where people having some fun in a sports arena, and a little prank becomes a serious charge and carries with it a fine, maybe it's time to deescalate that and let fans be fans."

"This was something that was just done for fun, and for a charge to be brought here I think is overstepping just a little."

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