Suzanne Peirce claims she was attending her sister's wedding at The Golden Inn in Avalon on July 17, 2010 and was poolside with the Phanatic, who was “engaging in various antics” during a comic routine, according to a lawsuit filed last week in Common Pleas Court and first reported byCourthouse News,
The Phanatic suddenly picked up both Peirce and her lounge chair and tossed both into the pool, according to the suit.
Peirce claims she hurt just about everything in the incident, including suffering “severe and permanent injuries to her head, neck, back, body, arms and legs, bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and tissues …” and more. The pool did have water in it, attorney Aaron Denker said, though Peirce was tossed in the shallow end.
“The next day she really felt it and had a difficult time getting out bed and had a difficult time participating in the wedding,” Denker said.
Since it was unclear who was actually in the Phanatic costume that day, Peirce is suing both Tom Burgoyne and Matt Mehler or any other unnamed individual who was portraying the Galápagos Islands native there, the complaint claims. The team and The Golden Inn are also named as defendants.
The Phillies are aware of the lawsuit, but are standing by their big, green fan. Surprisingly, it’s not the first time the mascot has been the target of litigation.
He’s been sued at least three other times in the last decade, once for hugging someone too hard. In 2010, a woman attending a Reading Phillies game with her church group claimed he sat on her legs, making her arthritis act up and ultimately led to a knee replacement, a lawsuit alleged.
He's not the only mascot to get into legal trouble, though. In 2010, an Upper Darby woman sued Disney, claiming a Donald Duck mascot touched her breast, causing a “shock to her entire nervous system” along with flashbacks and digestive problems.
And this is why we can’t have fun things, America.