Pete Hegseth nearly killed a West Point drummer in an on-air axe-throwing incident gone horribly wrong, and now the cadet is speaking out about it.
The Fox & Friends host was filming a segment earlier this month on Flag Day and the Army’s 240th birthday when he decided to go off script and throw a razor-sharp ax at a nearby target. Hegseth wasn’t supposed to let the ax fly, but decided to anyway, and it went sailing over the target and toward a group of West Point musicians.
As Pete Hegseth cringed at his mistake, the axe flew right into the West Point drummer, Jeff Prosperie. The incident never made it on the air, but it was captured by a witness and the footage found its way to the internet this week.
In a Facebook post, Prosperie wrote that Pete Hegseth was never supposed to throw the axe and said he could have been killed. Prosperie added that the incident left him scarred.
“I was hit by an axe while performing a drum solo live on National TV…..words I never imagined saying! This happened last Sunday and I have been reluctant to post but starting to receive inquiries from concerned family and friends. I am thankful to God that the double sided blade only hit broadside on the outer elbow with significant impact and a couple of cuts as it fell along my wrist. It could have been much worse or fatal. Focusing on full physical and emotional recovery.”
The Facebook post drew hundreds of replies, with many offering support and some telling Prosperie to sue the Fox & Friends host.
The West Point drummer added that the video was edited to not show Pete Hegseth’s mishap.
“The vid you see is edited showing the Televised portion of the throw and then edited to a portion that was taken on someone’s phone of us being videoed. The part that was actually televised showed the overthrown axe and then segued to us for the drum solo bump, only showing me walking behind the section holding my arm. The actual part where the axe hit me was not televised. Poor decision, obvious negligence, should not have happened, could have been avoided. When shooting or throwing, always know what is behind your target. Basic safety rule. I’m feeling blessed on Father’s day with my 5 children, alive, and with all limbs.”
Fox has not announced if Pete Hegseth will face discipline for striking the West Point drummer with a flying axe.
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