Caught on camera, an Easter Sunday brawl in downtown Orlando, Florida. Involving someone dressed as the Easter Bunny. The man in the costume said he was just trying to break up a fight between a man and a woman, but police were not so sure.
This is Antoine McDonald– no, not the guy on the ground– in the bunny suit, trying to get another man off of a woman along Orange Avenue Sunday night. On Monday, the now-viral video had mcdonald taking celebrity bows on the sidewalk where it happened. He says while out with friends for some Easter bar hopping, in a bunny suit and all, he saw the man and woman fighting.
“So I got over there, so I could break up the fight and, *With me trying to break up the fight, he got on top of her and hit her. So I had to try a different method, basically, to break up the fight, which actually worked,” said Antoine McDonald, bunny bystander.
Lindsey Edwards, who provided WESH 2 News with his cell phone video, told me by phone it looked like the man started the fight with the woman, and Antoine’s friends back up that account.
“I see this girl. She got spit on by some dude, I think it was a homeless guy, I’m not sure exactly. An African American girl getting spit on, and she was defending herself. But he was hitting back,” said Malik Rucker, McDonald’s friend.
When police got there to sort it all out, officers thought it was a hoax!
“The officer came up to me and said, ‘if you do that again, I’m going to arrest you and the damned bunny suit.’ I just rushed over there. I didn’t say ‘hey, look, look at this.’ No, I just rushed over there,” said Antoine McDonald, bunny bystander.
Despite what happened here on the sidewalk along Orange Avenue Sunday night, in the end, no one was arrested. Some people viewing the video on social media have speculated that the fight was a hoax designed to fuel social media stardom.