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Spartan Superfan Detained, Released At Rose Bowl

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Picture courtesy Debbie Henrie Parks Picture courtesy Debbie Henrie Parks
Picture from Matt Sheehan (@mattsheehan333) and posted on Twitter Picture from Matt Sheehan (@mattsheehan333) and posted on Twitter

The unofficial mascot of the MSU Spartans ran into some trouble in Pasadena.

A couple of pictures show the man known to fans as "Johnny Spirit" being surrounded by authorities at the Rose Bowl.

The pictures - one by Matt Sheehan and posted on Twitter (@mattsheehan333) and one by Debbie Henrie Parks (who is the wife of 6 News Chief Photographer Dave Parks), show Spirit with his hands behind his back and surrounded by three people wearing uniforms and helmets.

Spirit is well known and easily identified by the body paint he coats himself in before each game. He's all green with a perfect white block "S" on his stomach and chest.

He's usually spotted in East Lansing - at football games, helping the band guard the Sparty statue, and riding his bicycle in and around the homecoming parade.

Spirit, reached after the game, tells 6 News he had a pass to be on the field, which was taken away by an usher. That led to a run in with officers on the field after the game.

Spirit says he was held for about half an hour, and then released and given his passes back. A picture taken after the game shows him wearing what appear to be passes around his neck.

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