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FSU Mascots Chief Osceola and Horse Renegade Eat Dirt at Orange Bowl

Spooked by something, FSU's sports mascot Renegade, falls backward and throws rider at the Orange Bowl

Social media went ablaze Friday night, December 30th, when Florida State University Seminole mascots Chief Osceola and his horse Renegade took a tumble. The fall occurred when FSU football players were running onto the field amidst fireworks and the cheering of the crowd. Spooked, Renegade stumbled backward, tossing the rider.

Deadspin's Screengrabber contributor Timothy Burke posted a GIF headlining the moment: "Horse Initiates Impromptu Protest Against Cultural Appropriation"

 Deadspin's "Screengrabber" posted a GIF of Renegade falling. Contributor Timothy Burke wrote "Horse Initiates Impromptu Protest Against Cultural Appropriation"

Deadspin's "Screengrabber" posted a GIF of Renegade falling. Contributor Timothy Burke wrote "Horse Initiates Impromptu Protest Against Cultural Appropriation"

Hours after videos, photos and GIFs of the tumble hit social media, FSU tweeted that the horse was not harmed.

“We can confirm Renegade was not injured before the game. Thank you for your concern and kind words!”

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Shortly after the tumble, Chief Osceola, played by a FSU student in a Native costume, planted a flaming spear into the field.Ironically, earlier this month, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said he wanted to see the tradition in person at the Orange Bowl. Though Harbaugh got his wish, it may not have been what he’d envisioned. 

The Florida State tradition that features team mascot Osceola riding a horse onto the field while holding a flaming spear

The Florida State tradition that features team mascot Osceola riding a horse onto the field while holding a flaming spear

In spite of the fall, the Seminoles defeated Michigan 33 to 32. Osceola and Renegade are the official mascots of the Florida State University Seminoles though FSU has said they don't have mascots. Although many voices in Indian country assert appropriation and the topic of the FSU mascots remain a controversial one, some members of the Seminole Nation have said they are not offended. David Narcomey, the general counsel for the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, disagrees, in an email to USA Today, Narcomey stated he disagreed with an NCAA decision to allow the mascot to continue, "I am nauseated that the NCAA is allowing this 'minstrel show' to carry on this form of racism in the 21st century." Osceola, represents the Seminole leader Osceola and his Appaloosa horse Renegade. The pair introduce FSU home football games by riding into the field with a burning spear and Osceola planting it in the turf. Osceola and Renegade debuted in 1978. Follow Vincent Schilling (Akwesasne Mohawk) - ICMN’s Arts and Entertainment, Pow Wows and Sports Editor - Follow @VinceSchilling [text_ad]