Photographer sues handlers over Bevo XV’s charge in 2019
A photographer is suing the handlers of Bevo XV for negligence after the live longhorn steer mascot charged at him and several others just ahead of the 2019 Sugar Bowl game. The contest featured a matchup between the University of Texas in Austin against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Longhorns won the game 28-21.
Nick Wagner, a former photographer for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper, filed a petition Friday in the Travis County district court, according to the newspaper.
The petition stated that Wagner was on one knee shooting pictures of Georgia’s live English bulldog mascot, Uga X, ahead of the game on Jan. 1, 2019. However, Bevo XV charged at the dog and a small crowd of people. The dog was pulled out of harm’s way, but the steer’s head and horns made contact with several individuals, including two photographers.
Wagner’s attorney said his client has amassed more than $24,000 in medical bills after being rammed by the steer’s horns twice in the back that caused permanent neck and back damage. He has apparently suffered “loss of motion” and “impairment” in two areas of his spine. Wagner, who left the Austin-based newspaper in May, is seeking $200,000 to $1 million in damages. For more sports coverage, click here.