The CEO of a major concessions company has issued an apology after he is seen on video repeatedly kicking a puppy in an elevator, according to Fortune magazine.
The man is Des Hague, CEO for Centerplate, a Connecticut company that supplies concessions for sports and entertainment arenas around the country including Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., the Superdome in New Orleans, the new Levi's Stadium in San Francisco and Notre Dame.
In the video posted on YouTube, Hague is seen kicking the Doberman puppy as it sits on the floor. He also yanks on the dog's collar, nearly pulling the animal off the ground.
Hague released a statement saying it was "completely and utterly out of character." He continued: "I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed a minor frustration with a friend's pet caused me to lose control of my emotional response. I would like to extend my apology to my family, company and clients, as I understand that this has also reflected negatively on them."
Centerplate is a $6 billion business with 30,000 employees and more than 350 clients and is challenging industry leader Aramark, according to Fortune. The company released a statement this evening which reads in part:
"Centerplate does not condone the mistreatment of animals by any of its employees. Mr. Hague has agreed to attend counseling to address his anger management issues."]
Tuesday night, the Greensboro Grasshoppers owners released this statement about the video: "The Greensboro Grasshoppers are aware of the very disgusting video circulating concerning Centerplate CEO Desmond Hague. We in no way support any kind of animal cruelty and are very offended by Mr. Hague's actions. Our contract with Centerplate expires at the end of this season and we decided several months ago, well in advance of this situation, to pursue a different food and beverage alternative moving forward."