Buntly the Bear threatens defamation lawsuit & releases contract demands

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Local summer collegiate baseball team the Highline Bears’ beloved mascot ‘Buntly the Bear’ is now threatening a defamation lawsuit against the team after Bears General Manager Justin Moser lost his cool at a press conference Saturday morning.

The mascot’s contract ends this evening – Tuesday, May 28 at midnight.

The Highline Bears and Buntly the Bear have been going back and forth on contract negotiations for the past two months, and the Bears open their season this Saturday, June 1 at 7:10 p.m.

Representatives for Buntly the Bear have released some of his contract demands which are below:

  • Fire Manager Josh Evans
  • Be named the starting shortstop for the 2019 Season
  • 5 At Bats during batting practice everyday
  • Pulled Pork Nachos waiting for him at 4pm on Game days
  • Ivar’s Clam Chowder in the Concession Stand
  • Unlimited All In Energy Drinks for himself
  • Buntly the Bear will be Santa Claus on July 13th for Christmas in July
  • Pulled Pork Sundaes & Grilled Cheese sandwiches in the Concession Stand
  • Unlimited access to the Root Beer Garden
  • Full support and campaign advertising from the team for his Buntly for Mayor of White Center campaign this summer

General Manager Justin Moser lost his cool at the end of a press conference on Saturday and told reporters the team would play without a mascot this season if they had to. Moser claimed he is unable to control Buntly the Bear and that his addiction to kegs of root beer and hot dogs has been a problem.

The Highline Bears were criticized by some for posting a picture of Buntly on social media wishing him a “happy national pet day” on April 11. Buntly has since blocked the Manager Josh Evans on all social media accounts for not giving him an opportunity to play or practice with the team on field.

It’ll be interesting to see how this turmoil affects opening night, which is this Saturday, June 1, with the first pitch set for 7:10 p.m. at Mel Olson Stadium at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center.

For more information on the Highline Bears, visit www.HighlineBears.com.

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