Professor from nearby college punches University of Minnesota mascot

The University of Minnesota mascot was punched at a Saturday athletic event by a professor at a nearby college, resulting a citation for disorderly connect and a year-long ban from the premises according to the Minnesota Daily.

Douglas Dokken, 60, a math professor at St. Thomas, punched Goldy Gopher twice during a men's gymnastics meet in the Sports Pavilion, damaging the mask, reported the Star Tribune.

The University student behind Goldy, who was not injured, reported the incident to security personnel, reported the Star Tribune.

Witnesses told the Minnesota Daily Goldy was "messing" with Dokken by tapping him on the shoulder and ruffling his hair.

Dokken, who received his doctorate from the University, told the Star Tribune that he deeply regrets the incident.

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