Tort Law

KC Royals Not Liable for Injuries Caused by Errant Hot Dog Toss, Jury Finds


A Kansas City Royals fan has lost his lawsuit that claims he suffered a detached retina when he was hit by a flying, foil-wrapped hot dog tossed by the team’s lion mascot, Sluggerrr.

Jurors deliberated for slightly more than an hour before finding the team not liable for injuries suffered in September 2009 by John Coomer, who had three surgeries to repair his eye. Coomer was a long-time fan who had attended 175 games, according to Chicago Tribune wire services. He said he was “hugely disappointed” by the verdict.

A lawyer for the team had argued Coomer should have taken more responsibility for his own safety.

The Tribune calls the tossed sandwich a “wayward weiner” and a “fateful frank,” while the Kansas City Star calls it a “flung frank.”

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