UH meets with mascot Vili to discuss altercation
HONOLULU -- University of Hawaii officials have investigated the alleged altercation involving Warriors mascot "Vili the Warrior" and Texas-El Paso's mascot and cheerleader, but plan no further action.
Several local news reports said the mascot, played by Vili Kehoko, threw a ti leaf at a UTEP cheerleader, hitting her in the face. He was apparently reacting to a pompon thrown at him by the cheerleader.
"Vili will continue to play his role at our events and represent our athletic teams in a professional manner," said Hawaii associate athletic director Tom Sadler. "Based upon the university's own investigation of the incident, the university is satisfied this matter has been adequately addressed and no further action is planned."
Sadler acknowledged there was an incident, but said no formal charges or complaints have been filed.
Vili apologized in a statement released by Hawaii.
"I truly apologize to the University of Hawaii for any negative effects this incident may have caused and am truly sorry to anyone it may have offended. My family and I are one of the Warriors' biggest supporters and want only to help the University of Hawaii, its players and their fans."
Vili is called Hawaii's "unofficial" mascot, but is the only mascot that roams around sidelines at football games and other sporting events.
"We have taken the time to gather information and have put down a list of guidelines for Vili to follow based on what we think is appropriate at our events," Sadler said. "We want to make a good experience for our fans."
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