A federal jury in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Thursday ordered Miami Heat Ltd. to pay $10,000 in damages, ruling in favor of a woman who said she was publicly humiliated by the team’s mascot at a 1994 exhibition game.
Yvonne Gil-Rebollo had sued for $1 million.
The charges stemmed from an Oct. 23, 1994, exhibition game in San Juan, when mascot Wes Lockard, dressed up in his bird costume as the mascot “Burnie,” dragged her onto the court against her will.
Gil-Rebollo claimed she suffered severe mental and physical distress. She claimed that Lockard bruised her arm and broke her purse strap after he knocked her to the floor in front of 6,000 spectators.
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