The 2018 season is one most fans would prefer to forget. It saw Cincinnati secure their third straight losing season, and a mess of injuries left the team practically unwatchable at the end of the season. One fan felt the pain a little bit more.
Scott Poston, a fan who has held season tickets for more than 20 years, filed a lawsuit against the Bengals, Hamilton County and Aramark Business Facilities, the company that provides janitorial services at the stadium, according to Kevin Grasha of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The lawsuit alleges that janitors used far more than the recommended amount of a cleaning substance called “D-Vour,” which is designed to quickly take the odor away from a substance and make it more solid for easier cleanup. Allegedly, the janitors didn’t cleanup the excess liquid in the bathroom stall where the vomit occurred, and it was tracked out by other stadium goers creating a slippery hazard.
Poston alleges he slipped on this hazard, as well as others, but that he went to the medical area after his injury and was told it was a soft tissue injury, and he was given a sling. Later after consulting doctors and receiving an MRI, Poston was told he had several tears to his rotator cuff muscles, a dislocated bicep and strains of two other muscles.
The lawsuit then states that Poston had to undergo reconstructive surgery that he is still rehabilitating from.
The lawsuit also states the Bengals feel Hamilton County should be held responsible for any compensation.
The Bengals, Aramark and the county have not replied to comment on the story, according to Grasha.
I’m not going to pretend to be a legal expert, but it seems like Poston will end up with some sort of settlement. It isn’t surprising the Bengals want to stick someone else with the bill either considering how they keep relying on the county’s tax dollars for their stadium.
Mike Brown has long been known for his frugality (the nicest way of saying it), and this seems to be another example of that. Although, it really depends on who made the choice to have Aramark as the cleaning company. If the county chose them, then that makes sense, but if the Bengals organization did, then there is little reason the county should be stuck with the bill. Also obviously Aramark should be held responsible for the action of their employee.
It will be interesting to see who ends up fronting the costs of this lawsuit.