Catering company Centerplate’s CEO is hardly out of the woods after elevator surveillance video footage showed him abusing a dog in Vancouver, B.C. (You might recognize the name if you ever bought a hotdog during a Timbers game at Providence Park.)
The video of Desmond “Des” Hague kicking a Doberman puppy and yanking on its leash leaked last week and has since circulated the social media sphere.
The footage has prompted protests at stadiums that serve food provided by Connecticut-based Centerplate in Canada and the U.S.
Hague, who admitted to being the person shown in the elevator video, released a statement Wednesday through his attorney, apologizing for the incident:
“I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed… a minor frustration with a friend’s pet caused me to lose control of my emotional response… I would like to extend my apology to my family, company and clients, as I understand that this has also reflected negatively on them.”
The Oregonian reports that in addition, Hague has been placed on indefinite probation and will donate $100,000 toward a new foundation to protect and safety of animals in Vancouver. The organization will be called the Sade Foundation, named after the puppy he kicked. He will also put in 1,000 hours of community service for an organization for the safety of animals.
Portlanders expressed outrage on social media following the release of Hague’s statement, some saying that they wouldn’t be buying concessions at Providence Park anytime soon:
Centerplate CEO Des Hague is a monster and complete dirtbag!! Needs to be in jail!— Michelle Deuel (@muddogz3) August 28, 2014
#centerplate I am encouraging a world wide boycott of any Centerplate concession stand until Desmond Hague is removed@as CEO.— Tony McBride (@TDMcB) August 27, 2014
The CEO dog kicker is a slime bucket, I hope his business feels the hit like the poor dog. Why work with him? #centerplate— Squid Vicious (@squidvicious) August 27, 2014
People are (rightfully) discussing boycotting the food service at Providence Park. Me? I couldn’t afford it to begin with.— Cotton (@JonathanwCotton) August 27, 2014
If there’s one thing we’ve learned in 2014, it’s don’t do anything in an elevator that you wouldn’t do in public.