Copy Editor Ensnared in Toronto Beer Can Incident

A strange journalism twist.

Here’s a 2016 Major League Baseball post-season twist no one at Canada’s Postmedia expected.

On Wednesday, Toronto police circulated a photo of a man they said was responsible for the beer can tossed at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim during the seventh inning of Tuesday’s American League Wild Card game. On Wednesday, that man confirmed via telephone that he was the man in the photo and was subsequently covered in the pages of Postmedia… as one of the company’s own:

Ken Pagan, who was at the game Tuesday on a night off from work, said he had been advised by his lawyer, Frank Genesee, not to speak about the incident but did suggest the police may have it wrong.

“I was drinking out of a cup,” Pagan told Postmedia, and suggested Twitter photos that show him after the can was tossed clearly indicate he had a cup in his hand. “I’d love to tell you what happened and my story … but I can’t say anything.”

Pagan works out of Postmedia’s Hamilton, Ontario office and edits sports copy in ten Canadian newspapers including the National Post, Vancouver Sun and Montreal Gazette. He has not been charged and Toronto police promised to release more information about the investigation today.

Addendum (12:00 p.m.):
Rogers Media video editor Chris Tarroza shared some slowed-down game footage that seems to point the finger at Pagan.

Update (Oct. 7):
Pagan was charged Thursday with mischief and will appear in court Nov. 24. Some former colleagues are still finding it hard to believe that Pagan, who is also a long-time baseball player himself, threw the beer can.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.
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