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

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Updated February 26, 2019 | Personal Injury |


Sometimes, a jury may find that no one is at fault for an accident. Such was the case at a baseball game involving a mascot and hot dog.

Accident Details

Sluggerrr, the mascot of the Kansas City Royals baseball team, has a tradition of throwing hot dogs to fans between innings at home games.

In 2009, Royals fan John Coomer was injured when Sluggerrr threw a foil-wrapped hot dog behind his back, hitting Coomer in the face—hard enough to cause a detached retina.

Jury Ruled No Negligence

Coomer appealed a 2010 ruling over the incident, when the jury found the Kansas City Royals and Sluggerrr not liable. In the appeal, jurors heard testimony from Coomer, Byron Shores (who was portraying Sluggerrr at the time of the incident), and medical experts.

After deliberation, the jury upheld the ruling that no one was negligent for 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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