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The Mets settle ANOTHER lawsuit: this one the falling fat guy suit

Nov 4, 2011, 5:34 PM EDT

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I started blogging about baseball in earnest in April 2007. It seems like a million years ago.  But some things are all the same.  Just like I did back then, I’m still writing about a woman named Ellen Massey who was injured when a drunk fat guy fell on her on Opening Day at Shea Stadium that year. She sued the Mets and the case has been hurtling through the courts for over four years.

Well, our long national nightmare is over.  The Mets have settled the suit. And for those of you who want to say I’m being insensitive by calling the co-defendant “fat,” well, your time might be better spent yelling at the New York Post for their take on it all:

Fat’s all, folks! A woman who had her back broken by a falling fat guy at Shea Stadium has settled her big buck lawsuit against the Mets, court records show. Ellen Massey blamed the team for her injuries, contending they knew or should have known the drunken 300-pound fan five rows above her was a problem, and they did nothing to stop him from tormenting the other people in her section.

That fan, Timothy Cassidy, denies he was drunk, but witnesses said he was so sloshed, he couldn’t even complete the “Let’s go Mets!” chant.

And lest you have ANY sympathy for Cassidy, know that his defense was that he didn’t drunkenly fall. Rather, it was that he was pushed by another guy who was mad at him for being on his Blackberry rather than paying attention to the game.  Plausible!  But the behavior is no less horrid.

Anyway, glad to see the wheels of justice spin efficiently as always.

  1. Kyle - Nov 4, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Wow, there was some high-level human behavior going down on that fateful day.

  2. halladaysbiceps - Nov 4, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    “And for those of you who want to say I’m being insensitive by calling the co-defendant “fat,” ”

    Rodney Dangerfield: “If you want to look thin, you hang out with fat people.”

  3. cowboysoldiertx - Nov 4, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    This is why we shoot fat horses and fat people in Texas. I don’t give a crap what anyone says, no such thing as a fat cowboy if he is a REAL cowboy. But I hear just about all those people from Philly are fat, drunk, stupid cows. We should round them up and put them out of their misery.

    • cur68 - Nov 4, 2011 at 9:07 PM

      Oh, yeah, that was warranted…Say there c’boy, maybe rein it in with the ugly regionalisms? No one got on here saying crap about people from Texas, you’ll notice. I’m not sure why you think you need to weigh in like a dump truck.

    • badmamainphilliesjamas - Nov 4, 2011 at 9:26 PM

      Hey, cowboy . . . you do know that the Mets play for New York, not Philly, right?

      • Old Gator - Nov 4, 2011 at 9:54 PM

        Wasn’t George W. Bush from Texas? No one from there has any right to brag about anything, especially not the idiot who caused Barack Obama.

    • jwbiii - Nov 4, 2011 at 11:15 PM

      I lived all over the country. There are FAR more morbidly obese people in Texas than anywhere else I have lived. So if y’all are really shooting fat people, y’all must be really bad shots because the targets are big and they don’t move very fast.

      • Reflex - Nov 5, 2011 at 5:13 AM

        Statistics back that up, Texas is consistantly top five for fattest state in the nation. And after I visited a few years ago, ye gods thats a lot of fatties!

    • paperlions - Nov 5, 2011 at 11:09 AM

      Texas is the fattest state in the country: Corpus Christi (1), El Paso (3), Dallas (4), San Antonio (7) and Houston (9) all rank in the top 10 fattest cities of 2011.

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