Phillie Phanatic Being Sued For Tossing Woman Into Swimming Pool

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What? The Phanatic?! Yes, the Phanatic.

According to a lawsuit filed last week, an Abington woman claims that while attending a wedding at The Golden Inn in Avalon in 2010, the Phillie Phanatic tossed her and her lounge chair into the shallow end of a swimming pool, causing injuries to her “head, neck, back, body, arms, legs,  bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and tissues”… head, shoulders, knees and toes (KNEES AND TOES!). 


"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.


That sounds awful. But it also sounds like a gross exaggeration. Unless you’re diving head-first, being tossed into a swimming pool, even the shallow end, rarely results in serious injuries, one would think. And what does difficult time participating in the wedding mean? She couldn't dance? Couldn't get to the open bar? Couldn't catch the bouquet and have her lifelong dream of being swept off her feet and nuptualized by a tall, dark (green?) and handsome man fulfilled? What. Does. It. Mean. points out that the Phanatic has been sued three times in the last 10 years, though most of those claims result more from the accidental collateral of a giant green thing in our midst than they do a mascot intentionally hurling unsuspecting fans into pools.

The accuser's lawyer, Aaron Denker, said the Phanatic wasn’t a part of the particular wedding his client was attending.

Whatever the case, perhaps The Golden Inn may want to remove that picture of the Phanatic from the home page of its website.

Video after the jump of the Phanatic at The Golden Inn. It appears to have been taken a month before the fan-tossing incident.

This story was originally posted with the title "… empty swimming pool," which would have been decidedly more ridiculous. Sorry about that. Somehow, I misread original story. Twice.


36 Responses

  1. I was at that wedding, the chick is faking for an easy pay day. She was dancing all night at the reception. POS c

  2. She probably had a hard time getting out of bed and was achy because she was hungover! I’d find every picture from this wedding and find pics of her dancing and having a good time. She’s just found someone with deep pockets to try to get an easy payday.

  3. ooohhhh oh my god oh my god! i’m suin’ ya’ll!!! ooooooooh i’m hurt!!! my neck! my back! my neck and my back! …i wanna hundred and fifty THOUSAND!(but we can settle out of court right now for twenty bucks) ok man listen just gimme ten bucks and i won’t say nothin.

  4. So did this chick watch that episode of Sunny in Philly where Charlie wants to sue the Phanatic to come up with this idea?

  5. There was a case last year where a woman at her bachelorette party who was tossed into the shallow end of a pool and was paralyzed from the neck down. But this sounds like a money grab. Especially with the end of the filing period approaching.

  6. I hope the Phillies back the 2 phanatics being sued 100% and fight her tooth and nail in court on principle alone. Make this bitch pay court fees out the ass. She’s whats wrong with America.

  7. Nice. Didn’t she claim to be holding a McDonald’s coffee as the alleged egregious incident was being perpetrated?

  8. I’m thinkin’ that it wasn’t the impact in the shallow end of the pool but rather being tossed into the pool along with her lounge chair. Either way, it just goes to prove that some people will sue for anything. As soon as the defense comes up with some pictures or video of her participating in the wedding or dancing at the receptions, this case is history.

  9. Only way the suit has merit is if her dress ‘accidentally’ ripped off during the toss and there’s a youtube video somewhere. Send link and count me in for 20 towards the settlement.

  10. Can I sue the Phillies for making me watch them this year, causing repeated injuries to my head and neck? Of course these were due to me slamming my head on the floor over and over.
    Not to mention the hours of mental anguish.

  11. “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,”
    I don’t understand… “inside the Phanatic costume”? Is he not real?

  12. Hahahahahaa I stay at the golden inn every year… Been the girls get away for almost thirty years.. Trying to pull in more business w the tiki bar and phillies stuff. They do (or did) radio broadcasts for away games on Sundays there. It’s also a block from the softball field the flyers use for trial in the isle.

  13. To Clarify, The Bride in this picture attached to the story DID NOT sue the Phanatic. The Phanatic stopped by our wedding for some quick photos, but everyone enjoyed the visit and had a great time. BTW, The lady actually suing the Phanatic must be a huge D-Bag.

  14. That groom in the picture and his buddy who looks like Rory McIlroy were making fun of me for wearing my baseball glove at the Phils-Sox game a few weeks back! I think they were just jealous of my brand new Rawlings Heart of the Hide. Haters.

  15. How does anyone from this area sue the Phanatic?
    Fuck her.
    This will get tossed as soon as the wedding video is subpoened and she’s seen dancing on it.

  16. I was at the wedding and my wife was the maid of honor, and I don’t remember anyone being hurt or hearing about it. Dumb bitches always being stupid.

  17. My Attorney Aaron Denker is the best in the business in Personal injury lawsuits he only takes cases if its money unvolved he has been practicing law since the early 1970,S. She will get Paid no doubt about that plus he is currently handling a false imprisonment lawsuit on my behalf as well he is a beast in the Court Room and he gets Results.

  18. Attorney Aaron Denker is my personal go to Attorney and has been since the early 1990,S he only takes cases if its garuanteed money involved he will get her paid and he is currently hangling a false imprisonment civil lawsuit for me as well against PA West Chester County Prison and he will get me Paid as well.

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