KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The
Kansas City Royals
are facing a lawsuit filed
by a man who says the team’s mascot, Slugger, injured him
with a hot dog.
John Coomer says Slugger used an air gun to launch hot dogs
into the stands, and later began throwing them into the crowd by
Coomer says Slugger tried to throw a hot dog behind his back.
Instead of sailing out of Slugger’s hand, the suit says,
“Slugger lost control of his throw, or was reckless with his
throw, and threw the hot dog directly into Plaintiff”.
Coomer claims he was sitting just a few feet from Slugger
when he was hit in his left eye by the hot dog.
The suit says Coomer suffered a detatched retina and
developed a cataract in the injured eye, and that he expects to
have future medical expenses because of the injury.
A spokesman for the Kansas City Royals declined to comment
because the suit is a pending legal matter.
Coomer's suit cites negligence and battery, and asks for more
than $25,000 in damages.
This is not the first lawsuit filed against the Royals. Last
year, James Sullivan, of Overland Park, filed a suit claiming
hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages after a 2007 incident
involving a food cart.
A jury trial was set for May 2010 in the case, but the case
was "dismissed by parties," a Jackson County Court spokeswoman