Royals, mascot face civil case in hot dog injury

FILE - Kansas City Royals mascot Slugger performs before a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Jurors have begun deliberations in a lawsuit against the Kansas City Royals by a man who was struck in the eye by a foil-wrapped hotdog flung by the team’s mascot.

John Coomer of Overland Park, Kansas, says he suffered a detached retina at a 2009 Royals game when Sluggerrr chucked a hot dog behind his back, striking Coomer in the eye.

The team claimed the so-called “baseball rule” was in effect and that Coomer should have been aware of what was going on around him.

Coomer sued, but a Jackson County jury sided with the team in 2011, saying Coomer was at fault. An appeals court overturned the decision in 2013, and last year the Missouri Supreme Court sent the case back to Jackson County.

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