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August 28, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Mariners to donate portion of all concession sales in September to Humane Society

photo (2)So I have an opinion on this.

The Mariners are going to donate a portion of the proceeds from all concessions sales at Safeco Field during the month of September to the Humane Society for Seattle/King County.

Why?

Well, in a way they are associated with this, um, person, Des Hague, who is the CEO of Centerplate, the corporation that handles concessions at Safeco Field and other places.

Hague was caught on video doing this

As someone who owns a dog (right), but doesn’t get to see him on a daily basis (travel), the words I would like to use to describe Hague aren’t fit for print and would get me in trouble.

But it’s a despicable act of a bully.

The Mariners and many other teams are now responding to Hague and Centerplate.

“The Mariners deplore animal cruelty, and as the owner of two dogs, I was personally offended by what he did,” said team president Kevin Mather in a press release. “In support of all those who are outraged at his behavior, we are pledging a portion of the proceeds from the sales at Safeco Field concession stands during games in September to the Humane Society for Seattle/King County in the hope that something positive can come of this incident.”

I can understand why they can’t just walk away from Centerplate with a month left in the season. But the Mariners must consider looking elsewhere in the offseason because of Centerplates so-called “punishment” for him.

So what happened to Hague?

Well apparently, the Centerplate Board of Directors announced yesterday that Hague has been censured and penalized. To remain employed, he must donate $100,000 (not a whole lot to a CEO) to create a foundation that will focus on protection and safety of animals in Vancouver, BC, where this happened. Hague has been placed on probation (whatever that means) and ordered to perform 1,000 of hours community service in support of an organization that protects animal welfare. I suggest cleaning of the living spaces of the those animals for every one of those hours.

“Mr. Hague is taking personal responsibility for his actions and is beginning to make amends for his behavior,” Mather said in the release. “As offensive as his actions were, we think it is important to make a distinction between what one individual did and the hundreds of dedicated Centerplate employees who serve our fans at Safeco Field.”

Whatever.

The guy kicks dogs.

He is the CEO of a company  that you are partner with and  he received slap-on-the-wrist punishment that has less impunity than his kicks to that dog.  The Mariners need to end this partnership after this season unless he’s removed from his position. No excuses. None.

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