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.