Croc sin-binned

Townsville Bulletin - - Front Page - by Andrew Aloia andrew. aloia@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

THE Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League has is­sued an of­fi­cial warn­ing to the Townsville Croc­o­diles mas­cot for per­form­ing a “ lewd’’ act dur­ing the Perth Wild­cats game. NBL gen­eral man­ager Chuck Harmi­son said the league would fine the club if it hap­pened again. “ The Croc clearly stepped over the line of ac­cept­able be­hav­iour by per­form­ing lewd ac­tions on Fri­day,’’ Mr Harmi­son said.

MIS­CHIEVOUS mas­cot 100 per cent Croc has been sin binned.

Townsville’s prankster was last night is­sued an of­fi­cial warn­ing from the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League for sug­ges­tively flaunt­ing his tail from be­hind a Perth player dur­ing the Croc­o­diles’ drama-charged one-point win on Fri­day.

While 100 per cent Croc isn’t about to be caged for his be­hav­iour, his taunts, di­rected at Wild­cat Jesse Wagstaff, dur­ing a tele­vised game were frowned upon by league bosses.

An­other no-no this sea­son and NBL gen­eral man­ager Chuck Harmi­son said the league would not hes­i­tate in fin­ing the club.

‘‘ Whilst the an­tics of our mas­cots are al­ways en­ter­tain­ing and meant in good fun, the Croc clearly stepped over the line of ac­cept­able be­hav­iour by per­form­ing lewd ac­tions on Fri­day,’’ Harmi­son said.

As the no­to­ri­ously me­di­ashy mas­cot was try­ing to run from the long arm of the law, he couldn’t es­cape club chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Smythe who re­layed the mes­sage from league head of­fice.

‘‘ We have put him in the naughty cor­ner for a while,’’ Smythe said.

‘‘ He has al­ready had the phone call from me, we have had the con­ver­sa­tion and he doesn’t want to of­fend.’’

But that’s not to say any­one is go­ing to ask the 100 per cent Croc to change his ways af­ter 19 years in the suit, es­pe­cially com­ing to the end of a vintage sea­son of hi­lar­ity where he has be­friended Prime Min­is­ter Ju­lia Gil­lard and raised a lit­tle mas­cot of his very own – 50 per cent Croc – in front of thou­sands of ador­ing fans.

‘‘ We know that he is edgy, we know that he is hard to man­age, but that is what makes him funny,’’ Smythe said.

‘‘ We just hope that 50 per cent Croc doesn’t take af­ter her Dad, she could get taught some bad habits.’’

Con­sid­er­ing that he’s still a teenager in croc­o­dile years, the Croc still has a mate in Smythe.

‘‘ He is like ev­ery­body’s naughty child, he is go­ing to push the lim­its with me and keep me on my toes and I’ll have to keep talk­ing to him,’’ Smythe said.

Pic­ture: TROY RODGERS

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