The Philadelphia Phillies’ mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, is being sued by a woman who claims that she was injured and embarrassed by the furry green creature when she was tossed into a pool in 2010.
The woman, Suzanne Peirce, claims that the Phillie Phanatic picked up her lounge chair at an event at The Golden Inn in Avalon, New Jersey, and pushed her in the pool.
Peirce said that the Phanatic was “engaging in various antics” throughout his routine and that she suffered “severe and permanent injuries to her head, neck, back, body, arms and legs, bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and tissues” during the incident.
The lawsuit claims that Peirce suffered “physical pain, mental anguish and humiliation” from the incident and that she had to pay “large sums of money” to cover her medical bills. The lawsuit is seeking monetary damages from the Phillie Phanatic, the Phillies and the hotel.
According to the NY Post, Peirce does not know who was wearing the suit at the time. Her lawsuit names Phanatic regulars Tom Burgoyne and Matt Mehler as well as “any currently unknown or unnamed individual to play the role of the Phillie Phanatic.”
If the Phanatic is worried about the lawsuit he has an interesting way of showing it. Earlier this week he had a dance competition with Paula Abdul.