Former Statesman photographer sues over Bevo charge before 2019 Sugar Bowl

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October 21, 2020 - 2:30 pm
Bevo at 2019 Sugar Bowl

Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- A former photographer for the Austin American-Statesman is suing the owners and handlers of Bevo over injuries he received during a pregame incident involving the Unviersity of Texas mascot at the 2019 Sugar Bowl.

Nick Wagner filed the petition Friday in Travis County district court, asking for a jury trial and damages between $200,000 and $1 million for the Jan. 1, 2019 incident. Named as defendants in the suit are John and Betty Baker, the owners of Bevo XV, as well as the Silver Spurs Alumni Association, the organization who handles the 1,700 pound steer.

Bevo XV - whose real name is Sunrise Spur - has been the mascot at Longhorn football games since the beginning of the 2016 season.

Wagner, who left the Statesman in May of this year, was on his knees shooting photos of Uga X, the English bulldog mascot of the University of Georgia, when Bevo charged out of his pen at the dog.

According to the petition, "Bevo XV rammed his longhorns twice into Plaintiff's back causing permanent injury to Plaintiff's neck and back."

The dog was quickly pulled out of the way, but video posted to social media shows the steer appearing to make contact with several individuals including Wagner.

Wagner's attorney, Jon Powell, said his client has piled up more than $24,000 in medical bills since the incident, with documents indicating a "loss of motion" and "impairment" in two areas of his spine.

Powell said Wagner's attempts to work with the Silver Spurs' insurance carrier to resolve the dispute have gone unanswered.

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