As reported earlier here at Onward State, beloved Mascot and Penn State student James D. Sheep was charged with driving under the influence on Nov. 26. While initially Penn State Athletics declined to say much about Sheep’s legal missteps, they released a statement this afternoon informing the public of his suspension.
Information is limited for the time being, but it’s official that the man behind the mask will not attend any Rose Bowl-related events, nor act as mascot between now and Dec. 31.
“James has been a very enthusiastic and hard-working Nittany Lion, but we are disappointed that his recent actions did not represent the high standards of this position,” said Curt White, Penn State cheerleading coach, according to the statement. “We are planning to have James resume his duties in the new year and are confident that he will represent Penn State Athletics and the University with a high level of energy, dedication and respect.”
Another member of the Penn State cheerleading squad will take Sheep’s place at the Rose Bowl and other athletic events this month, according to the statement.
Let’s hope that the replacement Lion has a designated driver.