Back in 2008, the Rays fired Kelly Frank, the woman inside the Raymond costume at The Trop for the previous five seasons. And now, four years later, it looks like she has been fired again, this time as the Tampa Bay Lightning mascot “Thunderbug.”
Late last week we showed you video of Raymond being assaulted by a Bruins fan. That video went viral. And well, it turns out the team was not happy with what happened, and the lady inside the Thunderbug costume has been fired.
According to WTSP.com, the fan was allowed to return to his seat. After the game, the team said the incident with the fan “played a part in the team’s decision [to fire Thunderbug], but it wasn’t the only factor.”
And it turns out (thanks to some sleuthing by @reverendmalibu) the lady fired by the Lightning was likely the same lady fired by the Rays. Frank is the president and owner of Amazing!! Mascots. And according to her LinkedIn page, she was Thunderbug from September, 2009 through January, 2012.
The good news for Frank, is that she has yet to be fired by the Bucs. And based on the Bucs love of retreads and talent with questionable pasts, it would seem like a perfect fit.