The next time you’re at a sports venue, including Tropicana Field and the Durham Bulls complexes, consider who is supplying the food. If it happens to be Centerplate, you may think twice before purchasing food. That’s because Desmond Hague, chief executive officer of Centerplate, was caught on a surveillance video in an elevator kicking and abusing a dog.
Investigators in Vancouver were able to pin point the man in the video as Hague, who appears to be kicking and yanking the dog up by the leash. The video was recorded in July and subsequently sparked outrage among animal rights groups in the United States and British Columbia, according to Jeff McDonald of UT San Diego. It has also spurred protests at Centerplate operations in Canada.
According to the paper, authorities are just now becoming aware of this incident because an employee at the Private Residences at Hotel Georgia in downtown Vancouver alerted them to the video.
Centerplate released the following statement Tuesday evening:
We are aware of the incident involving Centerplate CEO Des Hague and the attention surrounding it. The company has now gathered all of the current facts from local authorities and is in the process of conducting an internal review. Centerplate does not condone the mistreatment of animals by any of its employees. Mr. Hague has agreed to attend counseling to address his anger management issues and has publicly expressed he is deeply ashamed and remorseful for his behavior. He has apologized to everyone directly involved as well as to the company’s clients and employees, and has pledged a significant, personal, multi-year financial commitment to help support the protection and safety of animals. There will be a public statement as soon as Centerplate completes its review.
Centerplate is the food caterer for a multitude of major sporting events including Levi’s Stadium, Notre Dame, Tropicana Field, Qualcomm Stadium, FedEx Field, Colonial Life Arena at University of South Carolina, KFC Yum! Center, Safeco Field, AT&T Park, Sun Life Stadium and the Durham Bulls.