After Matthew Clemmens intentionally vomited on an 11-year-old girl during a Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park last month, he was promptly arrested and held on $12,000 bail.
On Tuesday Clemmens, 21, pleaded guilty to simple assault and disorderly conduct (second- and third-degree misdemeanors, respectively), as well as harassment. Shortly after the ballpark incident, Clemmens' uncle David Clemmens said that "My nephew is a good boy, not a monster. He is just a kid who ate and drank too much at the game and got sick"
As Matthew Clemmens stood before the judge Tuesday to plead guilty, he admitted that it was "just the way that everyone said what happened that I didn't agree with." But the Philadelphia Inquirer's Peter Mucha writes that that was short-lived.
Soon, though, he was formally agreeing to a prosecution account that described a series of offensive acts, including sticking fingers down his throat then vomiting toward Michael Vangelo, an off-duty police captain from Easton, and his daughters, ages 11 and 16, at the April 14 game between the Phillies and the Washington Nationals.When the judge asked if the account was accurate Clemmens responded, "yes, your honor."
Clemmens and a male friend, accompanied by two female friends, were drinking, spilling beer, continually using profanities, and even heckling the Vangelos, said Assistant District Attorney Patrick Doyle, specifying the profanities at the judge's request.
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