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Hot-Dog-Flinging Mascot Cleared by Missouri Appeals Court Jury

July 2, 2015 In the News

Sometimes, a jury may find that no one is at fault in an accident.

Such is the case with Kansas City Royals fan John Coomer’s appeal to a 2010 ruling over an incident at a baseball game. Sluggerrr, the Royals’ mascot, has a tradition of throwing hot dogs to fans between innings at home games.

In the 2009 incident, Sluggerrr threw a foil-wrapped dog behind his back, hitting Coomer in the face—hard enough to cause a detached retina.

Jurors in the appeal heard testimony from Coomer, Byron Shores (who was portraying Sluggerrr at the time of the incident) and medical experts.

After deliberation, the jury ruled that no one was negligent in the unfortunate accident.

Coomer stated his disappointment after the ruling, but said he does not intend to pursue further legal action on the matter. For more on this story, go here.

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