A man who was charged after allegedly tossing a beer can towards a Baltimore outfielder during a high-intensity Blue Jays playoff game is no longer employed at the media company he worked for.
Ken Pagan was charged with mischief earlier this month after surrendering at a police detachment in downtown Toronto. He is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 24.
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The 41-year-old Hamilton man was an employee at Postmedia Network Inc., and an online profile listed him as a sports copy editor. But a Postmedia spokeswoman said Monday that Pagan had left the company.
Georgia Sourtzis would not elaborate on the circumstances of Pagan’s departure, but the company had said earlier that it was conducting an internal investigation following the beer-tossing incident.
A can thrown from the stands at a Jays game on Oct. 4 narrowly missed Baltimore Orioles player Hyun Soo Kim as he made a catch. The toss triggered a social media frenzy as many analysed photographs and video footage from the game to figure out where the can had come from.
Toronto police released a photograph of a person they called an “unsportsmanlike fan” as they investigated the throw, and Pagan confirmed to The Canadian Press that he was the person in the picture distributed by authorities.
Pagan also told the Toronto Sun he was “drinking out of a cup” during the game.
Pagan’s lawyer has said his client is presumed innocent and is going to wait until court to have his say. The tallboy tossing incident resulted in the Jays announcing they would not be serving beer in cans at the Rogers Centre in Toronto for the rest of the post-season.
The team has said beer will be poured into cups throughout the stadium instead.