Who knew that Philadelphia’s most beloved green mascot could be the defendant in a lawsuit? Sure enough, staff writer Robert Moran of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a Montgomery County woman, Suzanne Peirce, has brought suit against the Philly Phanatic and others in the Phillies organization over an incident that occurred in 2010 in Avalon, NJ.
The suit arises from injuries Ms. Peirce sustained when the jolly, green creature tossed her and her chair into a hotel swimming pool. According to the Inquirer, she alleges injuries to her head, neck, and back after she hit the bottom of the pool.
While the Philly Phanatic himself, as a character, is not a real person subject to service of process, the man inside the suit is. Peirce has included in the lawsuit two Phillies employees, Tom Burgoyne and Matt Mehler, who may have been the individuals acting as the Phanatic on that day. In addition, the Phillies organization and the hotel are named defendants in the suit.
A Phillies spokesperson denied that the “Phanatic engaged in any wrongful conduct.”