A former Mississippi State mascot dropped the university from a lawsuit stemming from injuries suffered when she was run over by an ESPN golf cart, according to Michael Bonner of The Clarion-Ledger
Michaela Mills was dressed as “Bully,” the Bulldogs’ mascot at the 2013 Egg Bowl when an ESPN cart ran over her leg on the sideline, causing a compound fracture of her left tibia and fibula.
While she filed a lawsuit against Mississippi State and ESPN in May of 2015, the Clarion-Ledger reports she dropped the university from the lawsuit on Jan. 28 with prejudice, meaning no further legal action can be taken against MSU.
In the lawsuit, Mills claims negligence by the ESPN employees who were not paying attention during an “exciting portion” of the 17-10 overtime win for the Bulldogs. She claims that she still experiences pain in her leg, which required two surgeries and the insertion of a rod and pin to repair.
At the time of the original lawsuit, Mills’ medical treatment costs totalled more than $31,000 and her claim was for $500,000; however, The Clarion-Ledger reports that she is now seeking in excess of $75,000 from ESPN for her injuries, medical costs, great fright and shock, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other damages caused by the incident.