Catfish tosser says he was 'dumb redneck with a bad idea'

PITTSBURGH (AP) A Tennessee man is calling himself a ''dumb redneck with a bad idea'' after police filed charges against him for throwing a catfish onto the rink in Pittsburgh during the opening of the Stanley Cup Final.

Police say 36-year-old Jacob Waddell threw the dead fish over the glass surrounding the rink on Monday night during the Nashville Predators-Pittsburgh Penguins game.

He was ejected and charged with disorderly conduct, possessing instruments of crime - in this case, the fish - and disrupting meetings or processions.

Waddell, of Nolensville, told Nashville radio station WGFX-FM that he came up with the idea ahead of a trip to see relatives in Ohio.

He said that ''like an ignorant redneck, I thought, `Wouldn't it be awesome to throw a catfish on the ice at this game?'''

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry released a statement asking that ''any charges for throwing a catfish on to the ice would be quickly dismissed.''

Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto suggested in a statement that Waddell perform community service as punishment - ''perhaps cleaning fish at Wholey's,'' a prominent fish market in the city.

The Penguins won the game 5-3. Game 2 is Wednesday.

Hockey has a long tradition of objects being thrown on the ice, usually in affection like when fans toss hats to mark hat tricks. There are odd offerings, too, including the time-honored tradition of Detroit Red Wings fans throwing octopi during the playoffs.

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