Jury: Neither Royals, man hurt by flying hot dog at fault

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A jury says neither the Kansas City Royals nor a man who was hurt when he was struck in the eye by a foil-wrapped hot dog were at fault in the accident.

Jackson County jurors said nobody Wednesday was to blame for the incident at a September 2009 Royals game.

Overland Park, Kansas, resident John Coomer sued the team, saying Royals mascot Sluggerrr recklessly threw a hot dog behind his back and struck Coomer in the eye.

A jury in 2011 found Coomer 100 percent at fault because he should have been paying better attention. A Missouri appeals court disagreed in 2013, saying mascots aren't necessary to play the game of baseball.

The Missouri Supreme Court concurred and sent the case back to Jackson County for another trial.

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