A video of Jaylon Kerley, a Detroit Tigers' baseball stadium employee, spitting in a pizza before serving it went viral this past weekend, resulting in the employee's immediate dismissal from his position. Shortly thereafter, Kerley was taken into custody and now faces felony charges for violating "food law."
The incident was brought to the public's attention by one of the man's coworkers, Quinelle May, who also tried to report the incident to his supervisors before being told to keep quiet. According to May, his superiors threatened him with criminal prosecution if he did not take the video down:
Every time I tried to talk, they told me to shut up.
May says that Kerley was "mad and having a bad day," at the time the video was captured, but also that he had "done it in the past."
Representatives of the ballpark released a statement saying:
As soon as we became aware through social media of potential food tampering Friday night, we immediately closed that food stand and disposed of all the product. Food safety is our top priority and we will take any appropriate action necessary to protect our guests.
People online were glad to see Kerley face consequences for his disgusting behavior:
Others admitted Kerley's behavior was reprehensible, but thought a four year prison stint might be a bit harsh:
Everyone agreed on one thing, however: we'll be staying away from the Tigers Stadium pizza for a little while.