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Accused of Gruesome

Wiener Attack

2/23/2010 2:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0223_kansas_slugerrr_bn_getty-2Sluggerrr the Lion -- the mascot for the Kansas City Royals -- is accused of poking a fan's eye out with a steaming hot wiener during a Major League Baseball game last year ... and now the team is being sued over it.

It's all in a lawsuit filed in Jackson County, Missouri in which John Coomer claims he was just chillin' at a game on September 8, 2009 -- when Slugger "climbed atop the third base dugout and started shooting hotdogs into the stands from an air gun."

Coomer claims Slugger eventually put the air gun down -- and started firing off the wieners by hand ... when, according to the suit, things went horribly wrong.

In the docs, Coomer claims "Slugger lost control of his throw or was reckless with his throw, and threw the hotdog directly into the Plaintiff."

Coomer claims the dog hit him right in his left eye -- leaving him with a detached retina and the development of cataracts.

Coomer is now suing the Royals for more than $25k for negligence and battery -- claiming they "failed to adequately train its agents ... in the proper method in which to throw hotdogs into the stands at Kauffman Stadium."

Remember, when handling wieners -- it's always safety first.

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I didn't have a weiner in my eye but i meant to say; I think Slugger had a little to MUCH mustard on that one!

1669 days ago

F. Attorneys    

He was poked in the eye by his boyfriend's chorizo and insurance won't cover it.

1669 days ago


"This is a completly ligitimate lawsuit. And Yeah Lisa this guy was paying attention.....TO THE GAME ON THE FIELD, Not some IDIOT throwing hot dogs."

This would make sense if the game had actually been going on when it happened. They do the hotdog launch between innings, that way they don't interrupt or distract anyone from watching the game.

If this douche bag was close enough to get hit with a behind the back wiener toss, he was close enough to know what the hell was going on. Sluggerrr started off shooting the hotdogs out of an air cannon, something that is pretty loud and hard not to miss. Then he started throwing the hotdogs when the air ran out on the cannon. As if the cannon and the guy in the lion suit jumping around on the dugout wasn't enough to get your attention, the crowd surrounding you while this is going on is usually in a frenzy due to a sudden hotdog hysteria. If you aren't paying attention, you deserve to get hit in the eye.

try a behind the back toss sometime of something that weighs similar to a hotdog, see how hard and far you can throw it. Coomer was just a klutz that couldn't catch, or perhaps too drunk to catch the thing.

I'd like to see the ratio of how many hotdogs they throw/shoot into the stands per season to how many fans get hurt by one.

1668 days ago


Bud Light is right Slugger makes every section the nose bleed section!!

1668 days ago
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