The Joker has spoken, and he wishes to inform people about one thing: he grabbed Jimmy Graham’s posterior when the Saints tight end jumped into the stands of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome after a touchdown last Sunday because that’s all that was uncovered by fans’ hands.
“I went for what I could grab,” 44-year-old Scott McGowan said Friday, explaining he dresses up as Batman’s arch-nemesis at Saints game to strike fear into the heart of visiting opponents. “Everything else was taken, so I took what I could get.”
Speaking via telephone, McGowan roguishly added, “I officially know now that (Graham) is a tight end.”
McGowan talked with The Advocate after Graham on Friday told reporters his leap into the stands after one of his two touchdowns in New Orleans’ 27-24 overtime defeat at home to San Francisco five days earlier would probably be his last.
That’s because Graham wasn’t all that cool with being “groped up” by McGowan, of Baton Rouge, the co-owner of a pest and termite control business who placed his hands on the Saints star’s rear in plain view of television cameras.
“I just wanted to go and thank all of the fans for being there,” Graham said Friday of the celebration. “But people were trying to thank me a little too much.”
McGowan said he’s been “getting nailed left and right” by those around him for doing what he did to Graham. Oddly, he said, he’s also gotten offers from people wishing to purchase the glove McGowan had on the hand he used to touch Graham.
Despite the heightened attention the incident received Friday after Graham addressed it, McGowan was bullish about continuing to hit up Saints games in his Joker costume. He began donning it after the release of the movie “The Dark Knight,” whose plot has Batman desperately trying to stop The Joker from terrorizing Gotham City.
Since then, the Saints have won Super Bowl XLIV and been to the playoffs three more times.
“That,” McGowan said, “is why I do The Joker.”
(Editor’s Note: This post was updated to change McGowan’s age from 43 to 44.)