Ahole Blue Jays fan who hurled a beer bottle at Hyun Soo Kim gets conditional discharge

Ken Pagan, the Ahole Blue Jays fan who hurled a full beer bottle at Hyun Soo Kim during the 2016 MLB playoffs, was given a conditional discharge Wednesday after his lawyer argued the public humiliation he suffered since being charged in the incident should be taken into account.

Ken Pagan pleaded guilty to mischief last month, admitting he tossed a can of beer on the field last October as a Baltimore Orioles player was about to catch a fly ball during the seventh inning of the pivotal wild-card game in Toronto.

The conditional discharge means Pagan avoids a conviction if he complies with certain conditions for a year, his lawyer said. Those conditions include 100 hours of community service, an order to stay away from the Rogers Centre, where the Blue Jays play, and a ban on attending all Major League Baseball games.

“My emotions got the best of me in an exciting moment and my reaction is a deeply regrettable mistake, something I’ve been torn about since the moment it happened,” he said. “I am fully aware of the disgrace I brought to the game.”

“I read it and I definitely accept his apology,” Kim said via the now omnipresent translator. “People make mistakes so, you know, I’m sure it’s not going to happen again.”

“He no longer enjoys the relative anonymity that most of us do,” said Smith. “He’s become known … as the beer can guy.”

Pagan has become the butt of jokes and been subjected to online harassment, Smith added.

Court also heard that Pagan lost his job with Postmedia Network Inc. after the incident and has had to find other, less satisfying work, including delivering pizza.

“He’s in counselling, he has significant anxiety issues. He’s afraid that everyone he meets will know who is already and have formed an idea in their minds that he is a jerk,” Smith said outside court. “He’s suffered with respect to the shame that he feels and the shame that he has brought on to his family and his friends.”

Justice Robert Bigelow said a conditional discharge would be sufficient.

“Not being able to follow the sports team he loves has had a significant impact on him,” Bigelow added, noting that Pagan would have to continue to stay away from Jays games in Toronto for a year.

Which is interesting in that The Blue Jays have reportedly banned him from the Rogers Centre for life.

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