A man who says he fell asleep inside the Charlotte Knights’ BB&T Ballpark after a day of heavy drinking, found the costume of the team mascot and had a night on the town dressed as Homer, is facing two felony charges for breaking-and-entering and larceny.
Among the more notable quotes from the question-and-answer piece Creative Loafing—Charlotte’s alternative weekly newspaper—conducted with Joe Gillespie were Gillespie’s comments upon discovering the costume of the Knights’ beloved dragon mascot.
I start walking down the hallway to leave and I look to my right and see the mascot dressing room. I thought, there’s no way this door is unlocked. I turned the handle and it opens right up and there’s the damned costume. So, I suited right up, walked out the door and proceeded to Hooters. I walked right up into Hooters and my buddy didn’t even know it was me. I was ragin’ dude.
You can read the entire story here from Creative Loafing.
The Knights were not amused. In a statement, the team said, “An unauthorized individual gained access inside BB&T Ballpark after Charlotte Beerfest to the Homer mascot costume. After a CMPD investigation, the costume was recovered. The Charlotte Knights thank the dedicated investigators of the CMPD for their prompt response in resolving this matter.”