Volume 96, Issue 81
Wednesday, March 5, 2003

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Gas and fists

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Bob Gibson was sued by a man who contends the Hall of Fame pitcher punched and kicked him last year.

In the lawsuit filed Feb. 13 in Sarpy County District Court, Miguel B. Sanchez seeks $4,711 US for lost wages, bloodied clothes and medical bills. He also seeks unspecified damages for pain and suffering.

No charges were filed after the fight last February at a gas station off Interstate 80. Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov said both men claimed self-defence.

Sanchez said he passed Gibson, after Gibson had pulled his vehicle in front of him. He said Gibson followed him to a gas station and punched him twice without provocation, then kicked him in the legs and groin.

Gibson's attorney, David Herzog, said the man's version of events was not consistent with the facts.

Gibson told authorities he followed Sanchez because he wanted him to pay for his eyeglasses, which he said broke when Sanchez cut him off in traffic.

Both Gibson and Sanchez claimed the other had thrown the first punch. Sanchez ended up with a black eye and a cut over his eye that required six stitches. Gibson reported no injuries.

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