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Dunked in Avalon Pool By the Phillie Phanatic, Woman Sues…Mascot Has No Comment

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The defendant is large, green and fury and, if provoked, he might stick out his enormous tongue at the judge or stomach-butt the bailiff with his remarkably agile, swiveling hips.  The Phillie Phanatic is going to court. The popular Phillies team mascot… is being sued by a Philadelphia area woman who claims she was injured when the Phanatic threw her in to the pool at the Golden Inn in Avalon.

Suzanne Peirce was attending a poolside wedding reception in 2010 when  she says the mascot picked up the lounge chair in which she was sitting and threw her in to the shallow end of the pool.

The plaintiff says she suffered shock, a herniated disk and other severe and permanent injuries which have cost large sums of money to treat and have caused “anguish and humiliation”. She is seeking unspecified damages from the Phanatic, the Phillies, and the hotel for her suffering.

Exactly who was in the green mascot suit that day remains unknown with court documents showing that Pierce is suing Tom Burgoyne and Matt Mehler, the two men who share the Phanatic duties.

The Phillies had no comment on the civil suit.

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