Radio personality sues Preds after "Human Hockey Puck" stunt goes awry

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 12:28pm

Local radio personality Adam Davis was running through a rehearsal of the Nashville Predators' human hockey puck promotion last December when things went awry. Now, he's suing the Predators organization and Bridgestone Arena management in Davidson County Circuit Court to recover medical costs totaling more than $25,000.

Davis, better known on WRVW-107.5 The River as Intern Adam, was supposed to be slung down the ice on a sled and into a set-up of bowling pins. But during the rehearsal prior to the Preds' game against the Calgary Flames, he missed the pins completely and crashed into the side of the rink.

Video of the incident can be viewed on The River's Youtube page. (Editor's note: some profanity on the clip)

Davis was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where screws had to be placed in his ankle.

The lawsuit claims that employees of the Predators failed to provide adequate protection for Davis — and also failed to warn Davis of the risks associated with the stunt. Attorney Bill Leader, who is representing Davis, said his client didn't sign any kind of waiver form before participating in the stunt.

The suit is seeking an award of compensatory damages in excess of $25,000 to cover Davis's medical and therapy costs.

A Predators spokesman declined comment because the organization hadn't been served with the lawsuit as of Tuesday morning.

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18 Comments on this post:

By: TheHunter on 8/7/12 at 11:17

I'm sorry, this one is on the intern, The PA guy warns you that the puck will go out of play before the game starts ... the negligence should be on the intern for even attempting this move. (sliding on a surface that produces the most speed out of any major sports - sorry nascar fans) with walls at the end ... of course you're going to get hurt/break an ankle/break a neck, etc.

By: JONES199 on 8/7/12 at 11:25

I just turned the station in the officem - away from the River. The intern should have checked with his boss before he made this a PR thing.

By: Loner on 8/7/12 at 12:30

Nashville Predators Sued By Human Hockey Puck

You just can't make this stuff up.....bowling pins on a hockey rink? Sounds like the amateur stuntman was acting as a human bowling ball....but delivered to the pins curling curling, but with no brooms furiously sweeping away.

Sounds like Jack Daniels was on the planning committee.

By: Loner on 8/7/12 at 12:42

Actually, it's a good thing that they didn't use the intern as a human hockey puck, the face-off would have been disfiguring..

By: jeff71 on 8/7/12 at 1:00

thats bull..anytime you go on the ice you are REQUIRED to sign a waiver..he cant afford the hospital bill,so he sues he waits this long to it is august and this happened before the calgary game..seems a little too long to wait to sue to me..

By: jeff71 on 8/7/12 at 1:02

this happened in december..he waits till august to sue..

By: K8_Bowman on 8/7/12 at 1:16

The timespan is not uncommon.

Broken ankles as well as other broken bone injuries can be a lifelong problem. It would make sense that he gets the treatment first for an understanding of what the future may/may not hold, get final medical bills and give the Preds, radio station, etc an opportunity to work things out before courts are involved.

As for the stunt itself, I haven't watched the video and have not formed an opinion yet. I will say that we have a couple of family members who are typical daredevils and some precautionary measures never cross their minds. Luckily, they've yet to be injured in any manner which sometimes worries me even more.


By: Jughead on 8/7/12 at 1:58

Moneygrab. Gotta love the dignity of America.

By: TheHunter on 8/7/12 at 2:04

But in all seriousness why isn't his "employer" paying his bills ? ... He should be suing 107

By: Magnum on 8/7/12 at 3:14

This guy gets to me to the point that I will typically turn the station when he is on the air. Having said that, he was employed to promote the Preds. I don't see how it is any different than a normal job site injury. Assuming he has insurance, I don't see how he racked up $25k in out of pocket costs, but that's beside the point...and the attorney's have to get their 50% cut so I guess you just have to round up. Too hard to speculate on the particulars, but any reasonable person hurt badly enough at work to be taken to the hospital is probably going to expect some level of responsibility/reimbursement from the employer. And to TheHunter's point, I was thinking the same thing. Until I re-read the article, I was assuming he was suing 107. Legally, I would think it depends on who employed him. Was this part of his job at 107 or was he contracted by the Preds?

By: HEFFE on 8/7/12 at 8:35

Now I am going to have to find a new radio station. Get over yourself Adam.

By: global_citizen on 8/8/12 at 8:22

I think all of you people criticizing him have never been involved in a legal dispute before. Yeah, this happened in December and it's now August. That's moving pretty quickly. I'm currently involved in litigation over an incident that occurred in 2009. Very likely he's been trying to work with the Preds office directly to reach an agreement and they've stuck him for the whole bill.

Is that fair? They want to use this guy to entertain their audience, but if he gets hurt in their stunt the medical costs are coming out of his pocket? No way. And from his radio name "Intern Adam" I would guess he doesn't make a lot of money at this gig, if any. Doubly unfair.

The Preds just inked a deal worth over $100 million for Weber. I think they can pony up $25,000 to cover the medical costs of a guy injured during one of their stunts.

By: global_citizen on 8/8/12 at 8:26

Jughead - moneygrab? Are you serious? $25,000 is hardly a money grab, especially when you actually have medical bills to cover and a lawyer taking a cut. He'll be lucky if he breaks even. If he was suing for a couple million I might agree with you, but $25,000? You must be one broke dude if you think that's a lot of money.

By: MetalMan on 8/8/12 at 10:25

Hey NUMBNUTS: YOU boke it - YOU pay for it!

By: oldhickorytony on 8/9/12 at 7:53

Bet 107 is pushing him to do this to keep their worker comp costs down. And I further bet he's not going to get a nickel unless someone pays to make a nuisance suit go away...

By: Shadow63 on 8/9/12 at 7:15

"failed to warn Davis of the risks associated with the stunt."
Seriously Davis. Have you no cognitive ability whatsoever. Can you not recognize risky situatons when you see them. Does someone warn you every morning when you get into your car, on a train, on a plane. Is a restaurant responsible for choking on your rice pilaf.

Adam, we're going to puck you down the ice and crash you into some stuff at the other end.What do you think? Uh yeah, uh yeah, sounds great.

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