SBD/August 28, 2014/People and Pop Culture

Centerplate Publicly Censures, Disciplines CEO Hague After Dog-Kicking Incident Sparks Outcry

Hague must donate $100,000 to charity and serve 1,000 community service hours
Stamford, Conn.-based concessionaire Centerplate's BOD yesterday placed CEO DES HAGUE on "indefinite probation" after video surfaced of him kicking and dragging a small dog, according to Olivia Just of the STAMFORD ADVOCATE. The BOD also "stipulated that 'as a condition of his continued employment,' he will donate $100,000 of his personal funds to the Sade Foundation, a charity to be established in honor of Sade, the Doberman pinscher puppy that Hague mistreated." Centerplate is requiring Hague to "serve 1,000 community service hours at an animal welfare and protection organization." The board stated any "further acts of misconduct" from Hague would result in his prompt termination. While Hague is a Stamford resident, the incident occurred in Vancouver, where he "may still face charges and fines." The British Columbia Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals "investigated the incident, seized the dog and has forwarded the evidence to Crown Counsel, British Columbia's prosecution service, which will make a decision" (STAMFORD ADVOCATE, 8/28).

BOYCOTTS TO COME? In Portland, Allan Brettman noted the Centerplate serves as the Timbers' concessionaire, and some Timbers fans "were suggesting a concessions boycott until Hague is replaced." The team in a statement said, "We share the outrage of many of our supporters regarding the recent video that surfaced of Centerplate CEO Des Hague's mistreatment of a dog in an elevator. Please understand that we have a quality local team of more than 100 Centerplate employees whose employment the Timbers have direct recourse over should any issue arise" (, 8/27).
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