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:
@dose Good. He should be punished. Gives a bad name to all servers, plus it's dangerous and disgusting.— Adrift (@Adrift)1537896835.0
Oh, boy! 😷 Bloody disgusting. Jaylon Kerley, I hope you NEVER work again. I’m also glad to hear they’ve arrested y… https://t.co/vZmgHU0GoN— LTH🇬🇧london (@LTH🇬🇧london)1537813524.0
Others admitted Kerley's behavior was reprehensible, but thought a four year prison stint might be a bit harsh:
20 year old Jaylon Kerley is being sentenced FOUR YEARS IN PRISON FOR SPITTING ON A PIZZA! This is what injustice l… https://t.co/1SRUemJF99— Ande Karim (@Ande Karim)1537914998.0
@dose Know what's funny? The one guy who got arrested for his role in the 2008 financial crisis only got 30 months.… https://t.co/8HM2QucJfD— 💜😼T'Saulrelative😼💜 (@💜😼T'Saulrelative😼💜)1537898894.0
Jaylon Kerley, who was arrested Sunday September 23, 2018 and fellow employee Quinell May, who was responsible for… https://t.co/oYSvRy0LDr— tatooed goalie dad #31 (@tatooed goalie dad #31)1537961359.0
Everyone agreed on one thing, however: we'll be staying away from the Tigers Stadium pizza for a little while.
@YahooSports @caplannfl when you remember that pizza you ate at tigers stadium https://t.co/Bgs5m89Pxy— Trust the Process (@Trust the Process)1537831800.0
@YahooSports @caplannfl https://t.co/nvqaK15SdH— PhillyArmChairGm (@PhillyArmChairGm)1537832808.0
@YahooSports @JoshuaMcDaniel2 and they still likely charged $22 for that spit pizza at the ballpark.— Cody (@Cody)1537834496.0
@TheTalkCBS Omg so gross— 🥀Fahma.Conte🥀 (@🥀Fahma.Conte🥀)1537894573.0
@ABC7 @ComericaPark @tigers @Royals We will never know all of the restaurant food we have consumed that contained i… https://t.co/pJqwIssr23— Denlesks (@Denlesks)1537822623.0