College football fans are undoubtedly familiar with the Arizona State University
Sun Devils and their mascot, Sparky. Unfortunately, Sparky got a bit too
familiar himself when he jumped on the back of Tempe city Councilman David
Schapira during the “City of Tempe Night” halftime ceremony.
While the act may seem relatively harmless on the surface, Schapira was
still recovering from a major back surgery he underwent just three months before.
A Prank Gone Wrong
In his claim filed against ASU, Schapira wrote that he felt a pop in his
lower back just after Sparky jumped on him, which later turned out to
be a muscle tearing. His wife and a number of others all started to yell
at Sparky to get off, but ultimately another Councilman had to pull him
off Schapira’s back. He then managed to stagger toward a fence,
but was denied a chair by an ASU security guard. Eventually, he had to
be carted off the field and was transported via ambulance to a nearby hospital.
Schapira Suffered Severe Injuries
Ultimately, Schapira was forced to miss 10 days of work due to the injury,
4 of which were spent in the hospital. He suffered a muscle tear, which
will take up to six months to fully hear according to Schapira’s
doctor. He is seeking $96,146 in damages for himself, and is also seeking
another $27,000 to reimburse the city for the costs they have already
incurred as a result of this incident.
Schapira has stated publicly that ASU has been extremely helpful so far,
and has implied that he has no plans to file a lawsuit, stating that his
“hope is (that) this should be it.” Thankfully, it seems that
Schapira will ultimately recover fully from the injury caused by the questionable
judgement of the mascot.
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This story serves as a reminder that serious injuries can happen when you
least expect them. Although ASU seems to be proactively trying to get
Schapira the money he deserves, most cases are not this easy.
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